Nigerian Proverbs


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Your own rags are better than another's gown.

Words are sweet but they can never replace food.

You can tell a ripe corn by its look.

The sheep that moves with a dog would eat shit.

The tree that cannot shed its old leaves in the dry season, cannot survive the period of drought.

To do one's duty is to eat the prized fruit of honor.

Voluntary work is better than slavery.

What you do in black hair you will eat in white hair.

When a person regrets endlessly, he gets to pay more for what he regrets.

When one is in trouble, one remembers God.

When the man that prayed not to be shamed is shamed, he prays not to die.

When you cook a guinea fowl, the partridge gets a headache.

The shepherd of a herd of toads must be very patient with his rod

The truth passes through fire and does not burn.

To eat from the same pot with another man, is to take an oath of perpetual friendship with him.

Warm water never forgets that it was once cold.

What you leave is what you meet: he who defecated on the road on his way to farm would meet flies when returning.

When a poor man gets a little money, his thoughts go off in ten different directions.

When one is taking a chicken from its roost, the hen is bound to attack with at least its claws.

When the mice laugh at the cat, there is a hole nearby.

When you give a ram to the deity, you should let go of the rope.

The skunk rat can get as fat and plump as he pleases. If his whole hind leg costs one anini, I still will not buy it.

The weak warrior wearing sandals overcomes the brave with a thorn in his foot.

To have no enemies is equivalent to wealth.

Water may cover the footprint on the ground but it does not cover the words of the mouth.

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