until the lions produce their own historian, the story of the hunt will glorify only the hunter

West African proverb.

2000 C. ACHEBE Home and Exile 73 ‘Until the lions produce their own historian, the story of the hunt will glorify only the hunter.’

2003 N. GORDIMER in Creative Circle: Artist, Critic, and Translator in African Literature 7 It has been a long haul, and I am not going to roll-call all the great names of Africa and her diaspora who have achieved it. Thinking of his appropriate metaphor for the beginning of the African story, Chinua Achebe recounts a proverb: ‘Until the lions produce their own historian, the story of the hunt will glorify only the hunter.’

2004 Road to Democracy in South Africa 1. vii Thus it was said the ‘The hunters will always be the victors until the lions have their own historian.’

2006 on http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu I would like to give special thanks to the Women’s Center. Their work reminds me of a Benin, Ghana, and Togo proverb: Gnatola ma no kpon sia, eyenabe adelan to kpo mi sena. (Ewe-mina) Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story. Thank you all for being the storytellers of unequal powers.


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