African proverbs on beauty

• One who plants grapes by the road side, and one who marries a pretty woman, share the same problem. ~Ethiopian Proverb
• Beautiful from behind, ugly in front. ~Uganda Proverb
• The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. ~Baluba proverb
• Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ~Nigerian Proverb
• A beautiful one hurts the heart. ~African Proverb
• Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor. ~Yoruba Proverb
• The surface of the water is beautiful, but it is no good to sleep on. ~Ghanaian Proverb
• If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~Nigerian Proverb
• You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty. ~Congolese Proverb
• The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. ~Ganda Proverb
(Taken from website titled ‘Afritorial’ with gratitude.  Indicates a heritage from ancient civilisations.  So much down-to-earth wisdom. )