Nigerian Proverbs


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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.

Until lions have their own historians, accounts of the hunt will always celebrate the hunter.

What gives the child the itch has already given him the fingernails for scratching it.

When a new saying gets to the land of empty men they lose their heads over it.

When crocodiles eat their own eggs, what will they not do to the flesh of a frog?

When the head of a household dies, the house becomes an empty shell.

When trouble nocks and one says there is no chair it says it bring it own seat.

The roaring lion kills no prey.

The thirsty fig sits waiting patiently, waiting for the arrival of the rains.

Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.

Until the rotten tooth is pulled out, the mouth must chew with caution.

What is Past is Prologue.

When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers.

When it is the turn of a man to become the head of a village, he does not need to diviner to tell him that he is destined to rule.

When the hyena drinks, the dog can only look on.

When will the goat be strong enough to kill a leopard.

The ruin of a land and its peoples begins in their homes.

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