To go forward, look to the past

—that’s the idea behind “Sankofa,” an insight of the Akan people of Ghana.  Indeed, Africa’s wisdom traditions are a rich treasury that continues to inspire—a legacy for all people.  This book compares over 150 African proverbs with Bible verses, in the manner of the “Parallel Sayings…” books.  At a time when understanding between individuals, communities, and faith traditions is increasingly urgent, African traditions have been overlooked.  The selected proverbs provide striking parallels and reflect rich thought traditions.  Some, such as the African expressions of the Golden Rule, affirm universal principles and embody the “perennial tradition.”  Others illustrate vivid parallels with Judeo-Christian teaching; introduce the reader to Africa’s immanent, nondual theology; and affirm right relationship with self, God, and others.  As “slaveholder theology” remains all too common, this book may appeal to those seeking a deeper understanding.  For the getting of wisdom can be a collective undertaking, as this Akan proverb illustrates:  “Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.”  Lady Wisdom is still speaking, and sometimes she has an African voice!


 “Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.”

Akan proverb