Emanating from deep within the spirit of the African continent, Ibo and Yoruba proverbs have been spreading in varying forms around the world. None is more important than “it takes a village to raise a child”. This flows from African belief that children are a blessing from God to the community, so when the children are neglected or abused the community suffers.
The communal responsibility for raising children is also seen in the Sukuma of Tanzania. Their proverb reads “One knee does not raise a child”, and in Swahili the proverb is “One hand does not nurse a child”. In general these proverbs emphasise the necessity for values of family, overall community spirit and self-sacrifice. Their values closely resemble several lines of biblical instruction.