The Sukuma Ethnic Group is the largest in Tanzania, with a population of 8.1 million according to the Ethnologue. In this website we are presenting the impressive culture of the people: Proverbs, Sayings, Riddles, Stories and Songs. You are most welcome to enjoy it.


This website is dedicated to Father Don Sybertz, MM who stayed among the Sukuma people for over 50 years in Shinyanga Diocese. While staying in Ndoleleji Parish he researched the rich folklore and culture of the people. See a short film about him HERE.

The research committee that he created at Ndoleleji Parish (known as Kamati ya Utafiti) is still working up to today.

Our “2019 African Proverbs Calendar” on the theme “Children” is now posted on the “Home Page” of our website at: afriprov.org

MANY THANKS to our design team African Proverbs Working Group (APWG): Elias Bushiri Élie (leader), Cephas Agbemenu, Charles Gikera, Joseph G. Healey.