Nigerian Proverbs

Nigerian
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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.

The pillar of the world is hope.

Our elders quote the cock as saying that Our elders quote the cock as saying that "it would not be good if one becomes the only person in the world, and that is why they crow every morning to show their number".

Seeing is better than hearing.

Talks that are considered to be important must be made to drag on for so long as to make even the deaf begin to hear it.

The child that will not allow his parents to sleep through the night must be prepared to stay awake himself.

The dog that visits a tiger in its den wants a clothing of blood.

The fish that can see that its water is getting shallower, cannot be stranded.

The hyena flirts with the hen, the hen is happy, not knowing that her death has come.

The man that won?t marry a woman with other admirers won?t marry a woman at all.

The prince is never guilty in his father?s court.

Our elders quote the cock as saying that ?it would not be good if one becomes the only person in the world, and that is why they crow every morning to show their number?.

Shall we kill a snake and carry it in our hand when we have a bag for putting long things in?

The advice of a woman ends with ?Oh, if I had only known!?

The cockerel shows being an elder by keeping the time but spoils it by defecating in the pen.

The dog that will get lost will not hear the whistle of the hunter.

The fly that has no one to advise it follows the corpse into the grave.

The inability to decipher divination (Ifa) makes one to look up, there is no cipher on the ceiling.

The man who is honored, has first honored himself.

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