Nigerian Proverbs


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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.

Whatever the type of firewood found in a place, it is usually good enough for the people of that place to cook with.

When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops.

When rain falls on the leopard, does it wash off its spots?

When the moon is shining, the cripple becomes hungry for a walk.

The sky is falling is not the problem of one person.

The well gives, but the bucket refuses.

To lie down resigned to fate is madness.

We cannot choose who our relatives should be, even though we may come to like some better than others.

When a cripple is told that the load on his head is bent, he pointed to his legs.

When a sickle is drawn, it in turn draws the tree to which it is hooked.

When the brothers fight to the death, a stranger inherits their father?s estate.

When the mother goat breaks into the yam store her kid watches her.

Other people?s wisdom prevents the king from being called a fool.

Secrets of the owl must not be known in daylight.

Swearing in the name of one god while at the shrine of another god.

The child that accuses his/her father of not grinding pepper right wants to hear about what sent his mother away from his/her father's house.

The dog says ?When I fall for you and you fall for me, I know it is a play; but when I fall for you and you don?t fall for me, then, I know it is a fight.?

The fire that burns a royal palace only enhances its splendor.

The hunter does not rub himself in oil and lie by the fire to sleep.

The man that had swam in the ocean and seas should not be afraid of a mere bathtub.

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