Nigerian Proverbs


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When a fowl gets to a new town, it stands on one leg until it knows that it is a town where people stand on their two legs.

When a woman prepares a dish which others find unpalatable, she says that she prepared it to suit her own taste.

When the frog in front falls in a pit, others behind take caution.

When the teeth fall off, the nose is sure to collapse.

The rich man is not God, he is merely comfortable.

The stubbornness of the pepper seeds is not a thing of bother to the mill stone (grinding stone).

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Unripe plantain is not easy to chew, a bad child is not easy to throw to the tiger to devour.

What an elder sees sitting; the young can?t see standing.

When a man finds that he was wrong to have refused to eat, he should leave his anger and play a harp to call for harmony.

When an elephant falls, meat is sure to be surplus for those who follow the hunter.

When the gods command, we men must obey.

When the wood-insect gathers sticks on its own head, it carries them.

The river may dry up but she keeps her name.

The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.

Those who are carrying elephants home on their heads, need not use their toes to dig up crickets on the way.

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.

What an old man sees while lying down, a young man can never see even when he climbs up in a tree.

When a man loses his prestige, he does not regain it by going to where he is not known.

When an only kolanut is presented with love, it carries with it more value than might otherwise be associated with a whole pod of several kolanuts.

When the handshake goes beyond the elbow, it turns into something else.

When trees fall on trees, the topmost must be removed first.

The riverside monkey is apt to be blamed for every twig found in the river.

The task master only teaches one to be strong.

Those who derive fun watching lunatics, out to have one as a child or relation to know the pains of it.

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