- Kuleya mimba si kazi: Kazi ni kuleya mwana.
- Mtaka yote hukosa yote.
- Njia mwongo fupi.
Although kanga's have been in existence since the middle of the 19th century, and Swahili sayings have been added to the design since the beginning of the 20th century, I feel that some of these messages seem even more relevant in our Kenya of today than ever before. Take for example:
And others are - unfortunately, after so many years - still not very relevant in Kenya:
- Acha kukuna makovu ya mende. (in the amnesty or justice debate)
- Adui mpende. (decaying political parties, new alliances being formed)
- Shemeji zima taa. (because the electricity bills are too high to leave the lights on anyway)
- Akili ni mali.
- Amani, Upendo, Umoja.
- Baada ya dhiki, faraja.
And you, do you have a favorite Kanga saying? Or a funny one you have come across?