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IT TAKES A VILLAGE


By Vernalee

"It takes a village to raise a child is an Igbo and Yoruba proverb that exists in many different African languages. It reflects the emphasis that African cultures place on family and community. Originating from the Bible, this proverb is so widely used in Africa that there are equivalent statements including "One knee does not bring up a child" in Sukuma and "One hand does not nurse a child" in Swahili. The widespread use of this proverb by cultures around the world shows its timelessness and relevancy. The saying evokes feelings of community.

The proverb has biblical origins as found in Ecclesiastes 4:9,12 and Isaiah 49:15-16 respective to unity and self-sacrifice. In many African communities, it is common for a child to be raised by its extended family living with grandparents, aunts and uncles. The ”raising” gets even wider with community involvement as children are seen as blessings from God.” Yes, regardless of the locale - Glen Allan, Mississippi, Cleveland, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - it takes a village, many hands, and words of wisdom to raise a child! Photo credit:

www.princesschrisy.com; Source: reference.com


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dembry3100
Jul 20, 2020

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Vernalee
Jul 20, 2020

Our “village” of women made you a beautiful caring young woman. You have a tall order to to keep the circle going by stretching your hands out to those within your reach who will listen. 💕🙏🏽

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phoebeleerocks
Jul 20, 2020

Thank you for your tribe of women that lent a hand in my raising, mommykins. A confident mother will trust her appointed people to lead her kids as she would, without fear that they will no longer be their kid’s strongest influence. Shout out to my grandmas, aunt sudi, my beautiful auntie barbara, aunt bean, Beverly, Sharon, Quanda, aunt luella & mamie. All women who deposited their love & wisdom into me. Without your confidence as a mother, I would have missed out. Love you girl

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Vernalee
Jul 20, 2020

The “village” of hands made us better people. Thanks for sharing.

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gckidney24
Jul 20, 2020

I remember growing up in good old London, Oh. My brother and I couldn't go any place in the town or county because everyone knew who we were! We knew that if we did anything wrong our mom would know by the time we got home!!!! 😊

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