“The hunger that has hope for its satisfaction does not kill.” – Igbo (Nigerian) Proverb
The Igbo people inhabit southeastern Nigeria. “Igbo” refers to both the people and their language. Occupying a rainforest region, the Igbo were mostly farmers and their lifestyle was patterned on the farming cycle. Usually between the end of the farming season and the next harvest, there is a food scarcity spell called gal.
This Igbo proverb was mostly used at this time, a period of about five to seven months, to promote hope and endurance until the next harvest, a future of abundance. The elders used this proverb to teach the young ones that no matter how challenging a situation might be, one usually survives it if one looks beyond the particular moment with hope for a brighter future and, therefore, endures with dignity.