African Proverbs Published in 38 Languages

"Anthology of African Proverbs in 38 Languages 1" book was introduced in the program organized at Presidential Library Nations with the participation of Emine Erdoğan, the wife of the Republic of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The book, prepared with the contributions of Yunus Emre Institute and Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University, was published by the African Handicraft Market and Culture House on the occasion of January 24, World Africa and Afro-Origin Culture Day.

Emine Erdoğan, the wife of the Republic of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, joined the introduction program for the "Anthology of African Proverbs in 38 Languages 1" book at the Nation's Library. During her talk at the event organized for the Anthology published by the African Culture House and Handicrafts Market for the "January 24th, World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture", Emine Erdoğan mentioned that it was quite exciting to witness how their conversation with their African friends grew over the years. Erdoğan said that it was very meaningful that the synergy born out of this friendship turned into great projects.

 

YUNUS EMRE INSTITUTE EXTENDS THE HAND OF FRIENDSHIP TO AFRICA WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS

TIKA, Yunus Emre Institute, Turkish Maarif Foundation, Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities extend the hand of friendship to the continent

Emine Erdoğan reminded that the government started its African initiative in 2005, and said that Turkey-African relationships strengthened and intensified since then and institutions such as TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency), Yunus Emre Institute, Turkish Maarif Foundation, Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities extend the hand of friendship to the continent. 

"AFRICA IS AS CLOSE AS TO US A RELATIVE WHOSE DOOR WE CAN KNOCK AT ANY TIME"

Emine Erdoğan mentioned that this initiative was based on historical roots, and said, "Africa is as close to us as a relative whose door we can knock at an

"HUMANITY IS ONE BIG FAMILY"

Emre Erdoğan reminded that she accompanied the President Erdoğan in almost every visit to Africa and told that she did not see these visits just as a mission of companionship, but each visit was a source of excitement and an exploration in itself. 

 

 

 

AFRICA VISITS ARE TURNING INTO A MEMOIR

Emine Erdoğan mentioned that she internalized the fact that all humanity is one big family during these visits, and expressed the following: 

"I have seen the universality of hearts and tears drowned in sorrow that did not need any interpreter. A child was a child everywhere. The concern in the eyes of a mother was the same all across the world. The consciousness that a human being is entrusted to another human being is quite common in our codes of culture and civilization. I have always tried to practice this principle throughout my life. Every visit holds a different memory for me. I am trying to record those nowadays. I have even tried to transform these visits into a memoir during the days of pandemic through which we had to stay at home. Perhaps it can be published in the coming months, and I will have a chance to share it with you."

Emine Erdoğan mentioned that they were seeing Africa through the eyes of their hearts, and continued as follows:

"Fortunately, this emotional bond, which grows stronger day by day, transforms into great projects. The African Culture House and Handicrafts Market, which we have established in 2016 at Hamamönü, Ankara, was the first one of these projects. The foundations of the African House are based on our desire to be in solidarity with the African women. It was established in order to create a fair market for African women, whose efforts and handicraft was exploited. The products that are brought from 18 different African countries with the coordination of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs are being sold here. The acquired revenues are directly sent back to their owners. God willing, we hope to extend this project for the entire continent as soon as possible."

The African Culture House and Handicrafts Market, which we have established in 2016 at Hamamönü, Ankara, was the first one of these projects. The foundations of the African House are based on our desire to be in solidarity with the African women. It was established in order to create a fair market for African women, whose efforts and handicraft was exploited.

"THE AFRICAN PROVERBS BOOK IS THE SUMMARY OF THE ENTIRE CONTINENT'S EXPERIENCE ENGRAVED IN LANGUAGE"

Emine Erdoğan reminded that a book of African cooking recipes, selected by the spouses of the African countries' ambassadors last year, was published, and said, "We have contributed to the literature a book that brought us together around the dinner table. Today we are introducing a new book, and I am very much excited for its realization. The African Proverbs Book is the summary of the entire continent's experience engraved in language."

 

"WHEN AN ELDER DIES, A LIBRARY BURNS TO THE GROUND"

Emine Erdoğan mentioned that she very much liked the "When an elder dies in Africa, a library burns to the ground." proverb at the foreword of the book, and said the following:

An African proverb tell us, 'The word of the elders is the cure.' The proverbs are born out of experience. The cradle where they grow and develop is the experience of humanity. The proverbs of a community tell us a lot about the things that community experienced. This transmitted experience becomes the cure for many wrongs.

"I believe that this book protects the heritage of the elders, the guardians and bearers of the proverbs. As you know, Africa is home to over 2,000 languages. The proverbs of 18 African countries in this first volume of our book were selected by the ambassadress of those countries. Proverbs are one of the most important sources of the oral folk culture. Even though they belong to the geography that they were born in, they are sources of wisdom for the entire world. An African proverb tell us, 'The word of the elders is the cure.' The proverbs are born out of experience. T