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"Every Man Is Lame In His Own Way"

The line is from the stageplay "Lwanda Magere" by Okoiti Omtatah. He's an award-winning Kenyan playwright. After reading this play, I und
The best part of the play for me is the last chapter, titled "Reaping" In it, we see the hero venture into battle, aware that the time to "join his ancestors" has come. Going above and beyond the call of duty, he remains on the battlefield after their victory. He wants to give his fallen comrades a decent burial. This is what leads to his demise. The enemies ambush him and, knowing his secret, are able to vanquish him. "Where grass has grown, grass will grow." Some plays are better read, not watched on stage. This is not one of them. One has to experience the costumes, the stage directions and the diction. The proverbs are musical and imaginative. I would like to know which are of the playwright's own creation. Here is my favourite one.
"When death sings a mans praises, ¨Nothing can stop him from dancing." 
It reminded me of another proverb from "Akokhan", the graphic novel by Frank Odoi. "Where grass has grown, grass will grow." Here are a few more choice quotes from Omtatah's play: "It is only madmen who wait for ripples to turn into big waves before thinking of the shore." "A milk cow gives both milk and dung." ¨Every man is lame in his own way." "The sun, though far away in the sky, says to the eye: You must blink when you look at me." "Stars are never bright when the moon is full." "When the frog puffs up and curses by the water's edge, he doesn't stop the mighty elephant from having his fill." Which one is your favourite proverb? Share some of your favourite proverbs in Chinese, Akan, Kikuyu, Sotho, Amharic, or whatever, in the comments below. English translations to accompany them all please! Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Lwanda-Magere-Play-Okoiti-Omtatah/dp/9966466525...

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