Nigerian Proverbs


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When a tree falls on a yam farm and kills the farm?s owner, you don?t waste time counting the numbers of yam heaps ruined.

When the elderly ones in a house travel, the younger ones quickly grow in experience.

When the music stops, a deaf person continues to dance.

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 men quarreling do not share the same seat on a canoe.

We live by hope, but a reed never becomes an Iroko tree by dreaming.

When a drunken man meets a mad man, he learns the difference between being merely drunk and being truly mad.

When a very short man causes the market to break up in a big fight, bystanders ask him to stand up so that they can see how short he really is.

When the elders leave the town, the town is spoilt and when the youths die, the town is desolated.

When the next house is on fire, 'tis high time to look to your own.

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 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 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.

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.

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