Proverb: Wopε sε woyε ɔpanin pa a, wosisi w'aso, kata w'ani
Translation: If you wish to be a real elder, you close your ears and cover your eyes
Usage: An elder does not pay attention to idle gossip nor trivial events. This is to prevent wrong judgements of problems, allowing such an elder to speak with the wisdom it requires. Consequently, an elder is not necessarily a very old person but anyone who is wise and speaks and judges impartially.