PROVERBS FROM AFRICA

African way of life through proverbs.

( Family, Values, Life )

Proverbs acts as a catalyst of knowledge, philosophy, wisdom, morals and ethics. They cover all aspects of life, example : God, family, human beings, values, plants, animals and marriage.

Proverbs are a metaphor, folk tale, euphemism or idiom.

Here are some interesting proverbs from Africa. Read them and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks.

a). Fire and gunpowder are not bed fellows.

b). A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer.

c). A crab does not beget a bird.

d). Nature gave us two cheeks instead of one to make it easier to eat hot food.

e). Hate has no medicine.

f). No one tests the depth of the river with both feet.

g). One should never rub bottoms with a porcupine.

h). Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.

I). It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man not the hot one.

j). Do not expect to offered a chair when you visit a place where the chief himself sits on the floor.

k). By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have already dispersed.

l). The snake and the milliped might craw with their bellies but that does not make them brothers.

m). A trap does not catches the wind.

n). The changing colours of the chameleon only deceive the fool.

o). The snake that strike at the tortoise will discover a toothache.

BETRAYAL AND THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

The Cypress Trap By JC Gatlin

For Owen and Rayanne Meeks,what was meant to be a weekend trip to repair their marriage turns into a deadly race for their lives.He took something that didn’t belong to them.Now the owner wants it back by any means necessary.

Raymne takes her wounded husband deep within the Florida marshes to hide.With time running out,it’s up to her to protect the man she only thought she knew.But what happens when she finds what he stole,and can’t bring herself to return it either?

AUTHOR: JC GATLIN
TITLE: THE CYPRESS TRAP
Genre: Suspense,Thriller,Mystery
Recommendations: http://www.jctgatlin.com > books > the-cypress-trap
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THE LIE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING

Marion Anderson lives the perfect life. She has a beautiful home, a handsome and loving husband, and an intelligent and caring son. But as easily as perfect lives are built, they can also be demolished. When tragedy strikes at the heart of her family, Marion finds herself in the middle of a nightmare, with no sign of waking-up. The life she treasured is disintegrating before her very eyes, but it’s just the beginning of something much worse and altogether more deadly..

AUTHOR: HILARY BONNER

TITLE: THE CRUELLEST GAME

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

MATHEMATICS OF LIFE

If :  ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ  

Is equal to :1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,

Then : H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K;         8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

          K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E ;     11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

         L+O+V+E ;                              12+15+22+5 = 54%

          L+U+C+K ;                             12+21+3+11 = 47%

None of them makes 100%.Then what make 100% ??? Is it Money?  NO Leadership??? NO

M+O+N+E+Y ; 13+15+14+5+25 = 72%   

L+E+A+D+E+R+S+H+I+P;     12+5+1+4+5+18+19+8+9+16  = 97%

Every problem has a solution,only if we perhaps change our 

A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E ; 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

It is therefore OUR ATTITUDE towards Life and Work that makes Our Life 100% Successful..

Amazing isn’t it? Our attitude towards what we are doing on this earth should be good?

TRACY CHAPMAN – FAST CAR

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
Me,myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car
I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money
Won’t have to drive too far
Just ‘cross the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

You see my old man’s got a problem
He live with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
His body’s too young to look like his
My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

So remember we were driving,driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
We go cruising to entertain ourselves
You still ain’t got a job
I work in a market as a checkout girl
I know things will get better
You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted
We’ll move out of the shelter
Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs

I remember we were driving,driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids
I’d always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me would find it
I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

I remember we were driving,driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone,be someone,be someone

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

 Tracy Chapman is one of my favorite artists.She’s beautiful and inspiring.

PRISONERS IN A GILDED CAGE

When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco,Mexico,she expects sun,sand,and margaritas.Instead,she finds that the Mexican city, once the playground of Hollywood stars,is a place of faded glamour and rising crime.Even the luxurious Hotel Cerón,isolated from the rest of the town,seems disturbing to her,with its grand, empty rooms,ever-watchful staff,and armed guards patrolling the grounds.

Lily isn’t the only one who suspects something rotten under the hotel’s opulent facade.Skye McDermott,another journalist on the trip,asks Lily for help with an article she’s working on about fraud and corruption in the hotel industry.Skye claims she’s eager to write a piece of real journalism rather than the fluff she’s known for.But she also lets slip that she’s deeply upset at a lover who jilted her,and she plans to exact her revenge by exposing his company’s illegal activities.After Skye disappears suddenly,Lily suspects that her friend is in grave danger.But the hotel’s staff insists that everything is fine and refuses to contact the police.Only after Lily tries and fails to leave the Hotel Cerón does she discover the truth: the journalists are prisoners in a gilded cage.Too late,Lily realizes that she has been maneuvered into the role of bait in a vicious,vengeful plot.Faced with unthinkable choices,Lily must summon all her strength to survive,confront the past she’s still running from,and save other lives.

AUTHOR: HILARY DAVIDSON 

TITLE: EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES 

NO INTENTION OF STOPPING

The killer strikes in plain sight . . . but you’ll never see it coming.

The mutilation murder of a young college professor paralyzes a tiny Georgian community.This hideous crime is the worst thing small-town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton has ever seen but only when the autopsy is complete is the intricate,terrible genius of a profoundly twisted psychopath truly revealed.As Sara’s ex-husband Heartsdale police chief Jeffrey Tolliver pursues an elusive fiend,Lena Adams the victim’s sister and the county’s only female detective swears she’ll have her personal vengeance.But their worst fears are realized by the macabre crucifixion of a second local woman: there is a serial slayer in their midst,one whose identity is hidden somewhere in Sara Linton’s secret past.And this killer has no intention of stopping… and will not be stopped.

AUTHOR: HARIN SLAUGHTER

TITLE: BLINDSIGHTED 

Recommendation: http://www.karinslaughter.com

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FASCINATED WITH ALL ASPECTS OF DEATH

Lieutenant Davenport’s sanity was nearly shattered by two murder investigations.Now he faces something worse…Two killers.One hideously scarred.The other strikingly handsome,a master manipulator fascinated with all aspects of death.The dark mirror of Davenport’s soul…This is the case that will bring Davenport back to life.Or push him over the edge.

 

AUTHOR: JOHN SANDFORD

TITLE:    EYES OF PREY

Recommendation: http://www.barnesandnoble.com

ONE BULLET EQUALS ONE KILL

For SWAT sniper Jake Denton,the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his “kills” are beginning to add up.His wife,his department-ordered psychiatrist,and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health.Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley,his mentor and ex-partner now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death,and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California.Jake doesn’t believe that Staley’s guilty,but since their job has taught them to kill,how easy would it be for his friend to cross over to the other side? How easy would it be for him?

On every police force in the country,there’s a SWAT sniper going about his daily life,acting like an average cop,until the moment when the call comes in.Then they become a hostage’s last hope and a criminal’s worst nightmare.To some,they are silent heroes to others,silent killers.

AUTHOR: GRANT JERKINS AND JAN THOMAS

TITLE:   DONE IN ONE

Recommendation: http://www.bookbrowse.com

                 http://www.thebigthrill.org

TERMINAL ILLNESS IN THE WAKE OF ROUTINE SURGERY

what happens when innocent hospital patients are used as medical “incubators” against their will.

Lynn Pierce,a fourth-year medical student at Mason Dixon University,thinks she has her life figured out. But when her otherwise healthy boyfriend,Carl,enters the hospital for routine surgery,she doesn’t know it’s the last time she will see him whole again.

Devastated by Carl’s death,Lynn searches for answers.Convinced there’s more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal,Lynn uses all her resources at Mason Dixon including her initially reluctant lab partner,Edward to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice.What she uncovers,however,is far more disturbing.Hospitals associated with Sentinel Healthcare, including the one attached to Mason Dixon,have unnervingly high rates of unexplained anesthetic complications and patients contracting serious and terminal illness in the wake of routine surgery.When Lynn and Edward begin to receive death threats,they know they’re into something bigger than either of them anticipated.They soon enter a desperate race against time for answers before shadowy forces behind Sentinel Healthcare can put a stop to their efforts once and for all.

AUTHOR: ROBIN COOK

TITLE:   HOST

Recommendation: http://www.barnesandnoble.com

UNAWARE OF THE DEMONS THAT RESIDES WITHIN HIM

Through a heinous and traumatizing childhood,Amy McCail became a psychologist for a mental institution.She encounters a patient who rekindles all of her suppress and painful childhood memories which also connects her with his puzzling case of violence and torture.Mr. Valentine lived in the mental institution for almost all of his life,haunted by the truth of his mother and father’s death. His constant battle within,calms the brutal nights of torture given by his doctor,Dr. Barnes.When Doctor McCail meets Mr. Valentine for the first time,she was compel to know more about him as a person.Unaware of the demons that resides within him…In order for him to begin a normal and ordinary life, Dr. Amy McCail must be willing to let go of all of her logic and reasoning to reach him. Unknowingly,she invokes an evil inside him.Waiting for the right moment to wreak havoc on the world,and to seek its revenge on the person who caused it to fight for its existence.To solve the mysterious and random murders which surrounds the hospital,Dr. McCail will discover a connection between her and Mr. Valentine.Revealing her involvement with his lifelong issues.

AUTHOR: ELIJAH CAINAAN

TITLE: NEVER THINK OF ME

Recommendation: http://www.barnesandnoble.com

                           http://www.amazon.com/never-Think-Of-Me

IS A PETTY LIE BETTER THAN THE UGLIEST TRUTH ?

When former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex,encounter an anonymous Facebook post questioning the paternity of their unborn child,Lex runs off, and Suzze at eight months pregnant asks Myron to save her marriage,and perhaps her husband’s life.But when he finds Lex,he also finds someone he wasn’t looking for: his sister-in-law,Kitty,who along with Myron’s brother abandoned the Bolitar family long ago.As Myron races to locate his missing brother while their father clings to life,he must face the lies that led to the estrangement including the ones told by Myron himself.

AUTHOR: HARLAN COBEN

TITLE:  LIVE WIRE

Recommendation: harlancobenbooklist.com

                             http://www.bookbrowse.com/live-wire

A FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME

Somewhere in Scotland the unthinkable is about to happen something that would shatter the very bedrock of society.For Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner,time is pressing…..Four ruthless,Albanian gangsters have infiltrated Edinburgh’s underworld and MI5 are all over it.They believe they are trying to move into the city’s drug scene.But do they have a bigger,more audacious objective?The son of a police officer is found dead in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.A youthful prank gone wrong,or a foretaste of things to come?The police force is in trouble as Scotland’s unscrupulous First Minister plans to take it over, threatening ruin to anyone who gets in his way.How do you stop the man who holds the reins of power? A triple threat for Skinner, but will his troubled marriage cloud his judgement?The crimes begin to collide: fragments of the truth are revealed.Skinner and his team race against time to piece them together will it all come down to a shot in the dark?

AUTHOR: QUINTIN JARDINE

TITLE: LETHAL INTENT