Nigerian Proverbs


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The spider that knows what it will gain sits waiting patiently in its web. The praying mantis is never tired waiting all day.

The world is like a goat?s udder. It does not give any milk, unless you punch and squeeze at it.

Two raindrops do not make a pool.

Wealth diminishes with usage; learning increases with use.

When a face is sullen it remains there to be seen on its owner.

When a woman cannot have good palm-nuts to give her rich oil, she still has to maintain decency in order to remain one of those that sell good quality oil.

When the elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.

When the right hand washes the left hand and the left hand washes the right hand, both hands become clean.

The rain does not recognize anyone as a friend; it drenches all equally.

The spirit that keeps one going when one has no choice of what else to do must not be mistaken for valor.

There is no elephant that complains about the weight of its trunk. No elephant is burdened by the weight of its tusks.

Two rams cannot drink from the same bucket at the same time. They will lock horns.

What a prostitute earns she calls presents from her husband?s friends.

When a fire starts from the shrine, no precaution can be possible.

When a woman has ten children, there is nothing that happens in the night that she does not know about.

When the evil-plotter beats his drum for the downfall of the innocent, the gods will not let that drum sound!

When the roots of a tree begin to decay, it spreads death to the branches.

The rat cannot call the cat to account.

The stars shine brightest when the moon is gone.

There is no god like the throat: it takes sacrifices daily.

Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty.

What affects the nose must also affect the eyes that must weep for it.

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.

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