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A Colouring Book Illustrated by RoulĂŠ le Roux


A Colouring Book Illustrated by RoulĂŠ le Roux

Colour Africa Proverbs – is the first of a series of colouring books. It is all about the colours, cultures and wisdom of Africa. Bring these pages to life.


Ungalibali intaka yobusi. isiXhosa, South Africa.


Wan han noh de tai bohndul. Krio, Sierra Leone.


Intaka yakha ngoboya bezinye. isiXhosa, South Africa.


Muromo haupi; chinopa maoko. Shona, Zimbabwe/Mozambique.


Simba rehove riri mumvura. Shona, Zimbabwe/Mozambique.


Y Use a small stone or button for each player. Throw a dice to see how many spaces to move. First one in the middle wins!

Swim with powerful fish and move 2 spaces forward.

You have made it! Get a big lick from the cow!

You remember the honeybird, move 2 spaces forward!

You lose your sp move 1 space b

You gain wisdom from the baobab tree, move 1 space forward.


You burn your mouth, move 1 space back.

You try to tie a bundle with one hand, miss a turn.

You watch the moon rise over the village, move 1 space forward.

pear, back.

You help a friend, move 1 space forward.

You help build a beautiful nest, move 2 spaces forward.


ʼn Haastige hond verbrand sy mond. Afrikaans, South Africa/Namibia.


Nunya, adidoe, asi metunee o. Ewe/Mina, Ghana/Togo/Benin.


Ikhotha eyikhothayo. isiZulu, South Africa.


Darbatani jinfu hinqabatani. Oromo/Borana, Ethiopia/Kenya.


Osram mfa da koro ontwa man mu. Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast.


What each proverb means 1. Do not forget the honeybird. Always remember those who helped you, and be sure to take care of them if they need your help. 2. A bundle cannot be tied with one hand. We can achieve far more if we are united than if we are divided. 3. A bird builds with the feathers of others. We succeed as individuals because of the help we receive from others. 4. The mouth does not give, what give are the hands. If you want to help someone, what matters is what you do and not what you say you will do. 5. The power of fish is in water. We succeed when we are in the place where we feel most at home. 6.

A hasty dog burns its mouth. If you try and do something too quickly, you will not do it properly.

7. Wisdom is like a baobab tree, one person cannot embrace it. Wisdom belongs to us all as a community. One person cannot claim to know the complete truth. 8. The cow licks the one who licks her. If you help others, you will find help when you need it. 9. After you throw the spear, you cannot catch its end. Even if you are sorry for the wrong you did, you still have to face the consequences of your actions. 10. The moon moves slowly over the town. If you take your time, you will achieve your goals.


Colour Africa Proverbs is filled with wonderful, curious creatures and people for hours of colouring fun. Share the cultures and wisdom of Africa with your child through the proverbs and the game. 10 proverbs – 11 countries – 10 languages. Bring them to life! Illustrated and printed in Cape Town, South Africa using sustainable materials. Visit www.colourafrica.co.za to order or donate.

Colour Africa Proverbs  

Colour Africa Proverbs is a colour-in book for children aged 4-8. The book was created in Cape Town and is all about the culture and colour...

Colour Africa Proverbs  

Colour Africa Proverbs is a colour-in book for children aged 4-8. The book was created in Cape Town and is all about the culture and colour...

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