Nigerian Proverbs

“Give me a push from my back” does not mean give me a hunchback.

“Now the marriage begins,” says the woman who has been beaten with thorns.

“A bag that says it will not take more, and a traditional doctor who says he would not leave anything behind are both sure to suffer. A bag that says it will not take more, and a traditional doctor who says he would not leave anything behind are both sure to suffer.. Nigerian Proverb.

“A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad. A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.. Nigerian Proverb.

“A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill, does not know that it is still on the ground. A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill, does not know that it is still on the ground.. Nigerian Proverb.

“A bottle of oil warmed over the fire has no means of producing oil by itself.

“There is no shortcut to the top of a palm tree.”

It is better to see the dead body of a dog at the house of a fowl than to see the dead body of a fowl at the house of a dog.

The best way a sneak protect its self is to attack his enemy.

Women are like clothes in the market, not the first person that offers for the price will later buy it.

A man who refuses to workhard in life will end up being the best friend to poverty.

If you don’t stand for what is right why then stand at all.

A bush fowls’ playground is never appreciably spacious. A bush fowls’ playground is never appreciably spacious.. Nigerian Proverb.

A child does not die because the mother’s breasts are dry. A child does not die because the mother’s breasts are dry.. Nigerian Proverb.

A child is what you put into him. A child is what you put into him.. Nigerian Proverb.

A child who fears beating, would never admit that he played with a missing knife.

A wolf cannot intimidate the sheep when the Shepherd is awake and vigilant.

All ways are no ways. In life pretending is the worst thing so far but let every man be careful.

The old age of King Methuselah has nothing to do with the Wisdom of Solomon.

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer!

A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back. A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back.. Nigerian Proverb.

A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is. A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is.. Nigerian Proverb.

A child’s face is his mirror. A child’s face is his mirror.. Nigerian Proverb.

A clay pot of water is never hot-tempered. A clay pot of water is never hot-tempered.. Nigerian Proverb.

A crowd is like a smoldering log which can spark into a flame at any time.

Nigerian Proverbs And Wise Words Of Nigerian Elders

There’s no way without the way.

He who tells you not to border about little things has never slept in a room with mosquito.

Two head are better than one but all fingers are not equal. The way you make your bed so you sleep on it.

[14]. A fly that follow the corpse to the grave end up been buried.

A diviner cannot accurately divine his own future. A diviner cannot accurately divine his own future.. Nigerian Proverb.

A family name is not cooked and eaten, one’s life is the thing. A family name is not cooked and eaten, one’s life is the thing.. Nigerian Proverb.

A farmer does not boast that he has had a good harvest until his stock of yams lasts till the following harvest season. A farmer does not boast that he has had a good harvest until his stock of yams lasts till the following harvest season.. Nigerian Proverb.

A farmer does not conclude by the mere look of it that a corn is unripe; he tears it open for examination. A farmer does not conclude by the mere look of it that a corn is unripe; he tears it open for examination.. Nigerian Proverb.

A farmer who would not work inside the rain and would not work under the sun, would have nothing to harvest at the end of the farming year.

The believer is naturally disposed to all the traits except betrayal and lying.

Chameleon said, not that he cannot walk faster but he beg the ground before walking.

Patient is the stepping stone.

A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.. Nigerian Proverb.

A fowl does not forget where it lays it eggs. A fowl does not forget where it lays it eggs.. Nigerian Proverb.

A friendly person is never a good-for-nothing. A friendly person is never a good-for-nothing.. Nigerian Proverb.

A glorious past is the work of a glorious man.

The white pot on firewood has not seen the test of life.

The road to success is always very bushy you have to clear the bush.

If you say I am good for nothing therefore you are bad for something.

You can only give what you have.

A goat owned by two people sleeps outside. A goat owned by two people sleeps outside.. Nigerian Proverb.

A good name is better than gold. A good name is better than gold.. Nigerian Proverb.

A herbalist that refuses to ask laymen what leaves he looks for in the bush, must have difficulties getting what he wants. A herbalist that refuses to ask laymen what leaves he looks for in the bush, must have difficulties getting what he wants.. Nigerian Proverb.

A housewife who complains that there is not enough foodstuff in the market should remember that if her husband adds to what is already available, there would be more for everyone. A housewife who complains that there is not enough foodstuff in the market should remember that if her husband adds to what is already available, there would be more for everyone.. Nigerian Proverb.

It is only the woman that has not seen trouble; holds her breast while running.

What do you gain asking a leper to clap? It is never fun oppressing those you’re better off.

A hunter who has only one arrow does not shoot with careless aim. A hunter who has only one arrow does not shoot with careless aim.. Nigerian Proverb.

A laughing jackal portends a witch in the rafters.

In a community in which a dog kills a lion, such a community is not fit to live.

You cannot feature in a future that you did not picture.

A woman without a husband is like a well dressed person without footwear.

A lounging lizard catches no crickets. A lounging lizard catches no crickets.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man can not sit down alone to plan for prosperity. A man can not sit down alone to plan for prosperity.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man does not wander far from where his corn is roasting. A man does not wander far from where his corn is roasting.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man that begets a barren cannot have a grand child.

Even if education is free a rat will never go to the same school with a cat.

A successful man is the one who makes more money than his wife can’t spend. A successful woman is that who finds that man.

When you go to sleep with an itching anus, expect to wake up with smelly fingers.

A child who refuses to take instruction will end up in destruction.

A man who eases himself in public, gives cause to others to despise him. A man who eases himself in public, gives cause to others to despise him.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man who has one finger pointing at another has three pointing towards himself. A man who has one finger pointing at another has three pointing towards himself.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man who is advised and he takes it, is still a man who acts from his own free will. A man who is advised and he takes it, is still a man who acts from his own free will.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man who is trampled to death by an elephant is a man who is blind and deaf. A man who is trampled to death by an elephant is a man who is blind and deaf.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man who lives alone is either always overworked, or always overfed.

If you marry the right person you have a prayer partner and if you marry the wrong person you have a prayer point.

No matter how fast an eagle can fly its belly must be seen.

The dog of the village Chief is not the Chief of all dogs in the village.

Don’t conclude that you are made financially, until you get married.

A man who lives on the bank of a river does not use spittle to wash his hands. A man who lives on the bank of a river does not use spittle to wash his hands.. Nigerian Proverb.

A man who walks alone carries a load of palm-fronds. A man who walks alone carries a load of palm-fronds.. Nigerian Proverb.

A masquerade does not perform to an outside audience until he performs well at the home base. A masquerade does not perform to an outside audience until he performs well at the home base.. Nigerian Proverb.

A masquerade is not a spirit only because of its mask. A masquerade is not a spirit only because of its mask.. Nigerian Proverb.

A mother is gold, a father is a mirror.

The cockroach cannot be innocent in the gathering of fowls.

It is better to try and fail than not to try at all.

It is very correct when you say he who pays the piper dictates the tone.

Knowledge from the wise is full of wisdom.

A lean freedom is better than fat slavery.

A mouse that removes the palm-nut that turns out to be the bait of a trap, would already have known that the palm-nut does not ripen on the ground. A mouse that removes the palm-nut that turns out to be the bait of a trap, would already have known that the palm-nut does not ripen on the ground.. Nigerian Proverb.

A one-eyed person does not thank god until he meets a blind person at prayer. A one-eyed person does not thank god until he meets a blind person at prayer.. Nigerian Proverb.

A pad that breaks a pot of water does not remain on the head. A pad that breaks a pot of water does not remain on the head.. Nigerian Proverb.

A performing masquerade who tries too hard to outclass his colleagues may expose his anus. A performing masquerade who tries too hard to outclass his colleagues may expose his anus.. Nigerian Proverb.

A person always breaking off from work never finishes anything.

Love comes to those who believe and still wait for it.

Nigerian Proverbs And Wise Sayings

No matter how the lizard behaves such cannot turn to crocodile.

A child who stays close to the Chief priest knows the name of the spirit.

A person who tells you about others will one day tell others about you.

It is foolishness to be shameful of what is gainful.

If you believe what people are saying a fool is better than you.

A person is a guest for one or two days, but becomes an intruder on the third. A person is a guest for one or two days, but becomes an intruder on the third.. Nigerian Proverb.

A person on whose head lice are being removed, must be grateful. A person on whose head lice are being removed, must be grateful.. Nigerian Proverb.

A person who does not bathe, must know it of himself that he is dirty. A person who does not bathe, must know it of himself that he is dirty.. Nigerian Proverb.

A person who has children does not die. A person who has children does not die.. Nigerian Proverb.

A person who picks something and decides to make it his own, ought to think how he would feel if he was the person who lost the property he picked.

No matter the circular motion of mans eyes it can never see his back.

Always see yourself inside yourself because, l always know myself inside myself.

The strength of a broom stick is on its numbers.

No matter how strong and fierce the storm or wind is, it cannot break the feather of a bird.

Any day that pass you by without you learning a little from it is a waist day for you.

A piece of iron can only become what the blacksmith says it should become. A piece of iron can only become what the blacksmith says it should become.. Nigerian Proverb.

A pig that is used to wallowing in the mud looks for a clean person to rub against. A pig that is used to wallowing in the mud looks for a clean person to rub against.. Nigerian Proverb.

A pot that build attracts the cook. A pot that build attracts the cook.. Nigerian Proverb.

A rat is not born a rabbit. A rat is not born a rabbit.. Nigerian Proverb.

A single man can not build a house.

He who fights and run away lives to fight another day.

Good name is better than silver and gold.

When you are busy waiting for a mango to ripe, others will be busy eating it with salt.

Condition remains permanent when people are blind of the truth.

A bad habit is like a flat tire you cannot move ahead until you change it.

A single tree can not make a forest. A single tree can not make a forest.. Nigerian Proverb.

A smiling face dispels unhappiness. A smiling face dispels unhappiness.. Nigerian Proverb.

A snake which escapes fills a basket. A snake which escapes fills a basket.. Nigerian Proverb.

A spacious ground is the right place to demonstrate one’s skill in wrestling. A spacious ground is the right place to demonstrate one’s skill in wrestling.. Nigerian Proverb.

A speedy wrestling and a bad fall go hand in hand. A speedy wrestling and a bad fall go hand in hand.. Nigerian Proverb.

When you are rich watch your behavior and when you are poor watch your feelings.

The hand cannot go inside the anus without bringing out excreta.

No matter how hot your temper is, it cannot cook yam.

Any man, who drinks Alomo bitters without squeezing his face, is capable of murder.

The quality of your preparation will determine the quality of your performance.

A strong man is remembered on the day of the fight, and a gluttony on the day pounded yam is surplus. A strong man is remembered on the day of the fight, and a gluttony on the day pounded yam is surplus.. Nigerian Proverb.

A thorn that pierces the toe should be burned by the light of a new moon lest the devil possess the foot. A thorn that pierces the toe should be burned by the light of a new moon lest the devil possess the foot.. Nigerian Proverb.

A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigri-tude. A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigri-tude.. Nigerian Proverb.

A toad does not jump around in the daytime, unless something is after its life. A toad does not jump around in the daytime, unless something is after its life.. Nigerian Proverb.

A traveler to distant places should make no enemies. A traveler to distant places should make no enemies.. Nigerian Proverb.

Don’t work through the streets of life with your eyes closed.

No matter where you run you are still under God.

No matter how far a place is, it must be near somewhere.

He who keeps a female friend as his best friend is like a person who trains chicken as his pet because one day he will eat it.

Always remember that life is nothing but a dream for many years.

A tree does not move unless there is wind. A tree does not move unless there is wind.. Nigerian Proverb.

A tree is best measured when it’s down. A tree is best measured when it’s down.. Nigerian Proverb.

A tree is known by its fruit. A tree is known by its fruit.. Nigerian Proverb.

A wealthy man will always have followers. A wealthy man will always have followers.. Nigerian Proverb.

A woman possessed by demons dreams of toads in red dancing shoes. A woman possessed by demons dreams of toads in red dancing shoes.. Nigerian Proverb.

A woman who has not been twice married cannot know what a perfect marriage is.

If you want to be successful, you don’t get tired of how far the journey still looks like.

A bird at hand is better than the thousands in the forest.

A man who steel from church treasury can kill for money.

He who fetches ant infested firewood invite lizard to his house.

By trying often the monkey learns how to jump from tree to tree.

A woman who is not successful in her own marriage has no advice to give to her younger generations. A woman who is not successful in her own marriage has no advice to give to her younger generations.. Nigerian Proverb.

Abundance will make cotton pull a stone. Abundance will make cotton pull a stone.. Nigerian Proverb.

Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit. Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.. Nigerian Proverb.

All is never said. All is never said.. Nigerian Proverb.

Salt is very sweet, but rat will never steal it.

Apprehension is the greatest disincentive two success.

When a lizard die and fellow lizard comes for burial a grasshopper cannot attend it.

Is only someone that goes to defecate at night knows that fly don’t sleep.

Is better we start looking for a black goat in day time before it night.

All lizards lie on their bellies, but nobody knows which of them suffers stomach ache. All lizards lie on their bellies, but nobody knows which of them suffers stomach ache.. Nigerian Proverb.

Allah preserve us from “If only I’d known!” Allah preserve us from

Although the snake does not fly it has caught the bird whose home is in the sky. Although the snake does not fly it has caught the bird whose home is in the sky.. Nigerian Proverb.

An ant-hill that is destined to become a giant ant-hill will definitely become one, no matter how many times it is destroyed by elephants.

Lack of hearing of advice and wise council often leads to destruction.

The road without obstacle does not lead anywhere. There must be obstacles because there is something great ahead.

A man is not finished when he is defeated but finished when he quits and give-up.

When the going gets though, let the though get going.

Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.

The goat that smell the anus of a lion shall not live to tell the story.

A vulture that scoops a turtle will die of starvation..

It is sheer stupidity to ask of a chair from a toad when itself is squatting.

Wedding is just three to four hours while marriage is lifelong.

When you marry a liar as a wife, everyday becomes April fool.

What you fail to learn might teach you a reasonable lesson.

Take what you can from your life because when life starts taking, it takes even your last breath.

Irrespective of how tall the Okoro tree is, it can’t grow taller than its planter.

Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.

A child born premature is not his making but the Lord has destined it to be.

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

No man is bad only women that turn them that way.

No matter how bad a night is, there is always a good morning.

Flower attracts many people but we don’t eat flower so look well before you pluck.

No matter how a lizard stays in the river it does not change into a crocodile.

Don’t wait for the arrival of your boat, swim to meet it.

It is needless crying over spill milk.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion but some opinions are pointing at the wrong direction.

Sometimes you have to hear to be deaf and be deaf to be heard because wind do have friend.

He who fight and run away leave to fight another day.

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