Who Jamaicans commonly know as Ashanti, belong to the Akan tribe and these are the proverbs we inherited from our warrior ancestors, the Ashanti and their Akan counterparts. Along with a vast array of proverbs came Ananse stories.
A list of Jamaican Proverbs of Akan origins
Akan: “Fowls will not spare a cockroach that falls in their midst.”(Source)
Jamaican: “No matter how drunk the cockroach becomes, he never makes the mistake of walking past the yard of the fowl.(Source)
common meaning: Self preservation is key to human survival
Akan: “Nsatea baako nkura adesoa.” (One finger cannot pick up a heavy load)(Source)