"Do not boast about yourself before performing an event, but after the event."
- Proverb from Kenya Where did this proverb come from?
In the Kisii Ethnic Group in Southwestern Kenya many people especially hunters used to brag about how they would kill their prey for their evening meals, but most often they would never killed anything. The high hopes created in the family members ended in dismay with the hunters often missing their meals. It also made the hunters appear as failures in their boasting. This proverb was used to warn those people who boasted about themselves for being experts in doing things or making things happen as they wished without giving consideration to the factors that may make their mission fail. Find more African proverbs on our African proverbs page
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