Tsumo

Ndambakuudzwa akaonekwa nembonje pahuma

Literal EngStubborn head was found with a wounded head. The one who refused to heed advice was seen by a swollen forehead. He who takes no advice was conspicuous with a scar on the forehead.

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Munhu anoramba kutsiurwa kana kubatsirwa anowanza kuzopinda mumatambidziko. Kuramba kuterera mazano nerayiro dzevamwe kunoita kuti munhu azopinda mumatambudziko.

Eng People who forsake advice or warnings are prone to fall into calamity. Refusing to take heed often lands one in trouble.

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The proverb refers to an individual who refused to listen to advice or a warning presented to him on something. This person was then seen with a wound on their head and though the proverb does not say the cause of the wound, it links the cause to the failure to heed the admonition. In this way our ancestors were impressing upon us the importance of taking advice from others and not being strong headed.
The proverb is used to encourage people to take advice. It is also used retrospectively to point out that the refusal to accept advice is what has lead to the calamities that have befallen the individual.
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