Do you remember all those riddles that we were taught as children? This article will help you remember some of them!
Every culture has its own riddles. Africa can also be proud of its riddles for adults and children. It is very fun to do riddles with your family and friends.
It is difficult to imagine our African culture without funny riddles every day. We can make it up or use the ones that we were taught in our childhood.
Anyone can make their own riddle just by describing something that they have seen to another person without saying the name of it. It usually has to be a very creative way of saying.
And the point is that the other person has to guess what they were talking about.
Every African adult is trying to teach their children as many riddles as possible. First of all, it is a great and interesting spending of time for a young kind. But what is more, it teaches them a lot of things about life in an entertaining way.
However, it is not only for the younger generation. If you are feeling not well or if you are having a bad mood riddles are something that will make you laugh and think critically. Therefore, if you don’t know what to do it is certainly a good use of time!
Riddles and answers
Mother! Carry me on your back. - A bed.
Prr! straight to Cape Town! – Slipperiness.
Let me go far away and when I come back let me catch hold of the tail of my mother’s cow. A drinking water ladle.
A child’s porridge is delicious. Sleep.
I was going along the road when I heard a person calling me, Sister -in-law!’but when l turned round there was no one in sight. Dry pigeon peas on a pod.
My house is small but it has many windows. A fish trap.
God’s cup is always open. A water well.
I have shut the door on my children and they are now fighting. Roasting maize seeds on the cob.
My house is large but its door is small. A bottle.
My children are four in number but, when one goes away, the rest cannot work. The legs of a bed.
Who has a house too small for guests? A turtle.
What do you look at with one eye, but never with two? The inside of a bottle.
What is the village the Supreme Being built with only one house for the day and many for the night? The firmament.
What is the house my father built with no central pole? The sky.
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What is the fire God lit and never put out? The sun.
What is the fire my father lit that burns in the night, but not in the day? The moon.
What is it that cannot be counted? The stars.
What is it that when it falls does not make noise? The night
We hear it with our own ears, without seeing it with our own eyes. What is it? The wind.
There is a river in which you can wash only in the morning. - The dew
Everything is visible. But there is something that cannot be seen. – God
Why is a man like pepper? Until you have tested him, you can’t tell how strong he is.
What things always chase each other but never overtake one another? The wheels of a vehicle.
Who has more courage than a Maasai warrior? Two Maasai warriors.
Who can whistle from another man’s mouth? The other man.
Who has a house too small for guest? A tortoise
It falls standing but runs on its belly. What is it? Rain.
It is greater than God and more evil than the devil. The poor have it, the rich need it and if you eat it you’ll die.What is it? Nothing.
What it is that cannot be caught or brought? – The smoke
Wherever I go, it closely follows me. – My shadow
Sometimes this kind of communication gets compared with proverbs as it is not always only for fun.
There is a specific message in some kinds of riddles that is supposed to make you think about something serious like the meaning of life or the obstacles that you have to overcome.
There are, for example, riddles about time that say that we should appreciate every second of our life as it’s never going to repeat.
When I face an enemy, I do know what to do. But facing this one, there is nothing I can do. – Incurable disease.
Three people stand near a river they have to ford. The first one, after a closer look around, crosses it. The second one looks at the riverbank and at the water, but does not cross it.
The third one does not see the river and does not cross it. Who are the three? – The one who saw the river and crossed it was a woman.
The one who saw the riverbank and the water but did not cross it is the child the mother carries on her shoulders. The one who has seen nothing is the baby the woman carries in her womb.
The two of us cross the wilderness without talking to each other. You and your shadow.
Your mother walks across the village with life poking out (of her body). The leg of a baby (you’ll often see a baby’s leg protruding from the cloth sling or swaddle with which mothers tie their young children to their back)
My brown one with speedy calves? My bow and arrows.
Why are you so brave yet you cannot sit at the place where the little black girl sits? Because it is the fire (the little black girl is the pot which has turned black with soot).
They moved homes and the red one was born? The fire (the Maasai often burn up the old village when they move)
I have an ox who lives in the midst of enemies? The tongue.
If you enjoyed those riddle questions you can tell your friends or even make your own one by using these ones as an inspiration!
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