Quand les Proverbes Parlent

“When proverbs speak” is an ode to the linguistic and philosophical heritage of the Baoulé language, an Akan language from the Ivory Coast, West Africa. This beautiful, short book written primarily in French and compiled by Marc Kouadio N’Guessan features some of the popular expressions and proverbs that are often shared in that culture to give a context to daily happening and situations.

The particularity of this book lies in having the Baoulé text as the main feature of the book whilst having French as a supporting language. Our aim is to promote language and raise awareness of some of these languages that may eventually be endangered as this world starts shifting to more and more commercial and business languages. There is a space for all languages, especially for the philosophical value that they provide. This book is a testament of that.