Nigerian Proverbs (57)

“Go in that direction” does not mean that you go.
To go means, “let’s go together!”

A herdsman must yell to enter the fence.

A friend is someone who walks by your side.

A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.

A basket with its bottom burst is useless.

A boisterous horse needs a boisterous bridle.

A tree on a hill in the savannah is a meeting place for birds.

A tree not taller than an ant cannot shade you.

A village without elderly is like a tree without roots.

A stolen object does not fill one's heart with joy.

A turtle never abandons its carriage.

A hill with trees is the hand or finger of God.

A man's heart is not a sack open to all.

A generous man must eat
if he wants to continue to be one.

A sprouting palm kernel has no choice
but to grow into a palm tree.

An abundance of food at your neighbor's
will not satisfy your hunger.

An undecided man is the worst disaster of the village.

An elephant grows and becomes an adult,
even if people do not like it.

An empty sack cannot stand.

Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is
like carrying grain in a bag with a hole.

Everybody loves a fool, but nobody wants him for a son.

Funeral is for us all.

God is greater for everything.

Goodness gets a seat.

He that forgives gains the victory.

Hold a true friend with both hands.

Hunger makes the big fish come out of hiding in the great river.

Once the manioca is in your stomach it's gone.

One does not love if one does not accept from others.

One speaks badly of the absent but fears the present.

One can’t get beans out of wild melons.

One hand does not catch a buffalo.

Only when a tree has grown can you tie your cow to it.

Remember, after the storm there will be a rainbow.

Struggle to farm, gifts can't satisfy your needs.

The hen with baby chicks doesn't swallow the worm.

The heart is not a knee, it does not bend.

The hand assists the foot, but the foot cannot do the same.

The day a man taste the "sweetness" of a woman,
that day he also taste the bitterness.

The earth is not an inheritance of our fathers,
nor one for our sons.

The wind effects leaves, while violence men..

The pillar of the world is hope.

The one on whose head we would break
a coconut never stands still.

The youth walks faster than the elderly
but the elderly knows the road.

The turtle does not suffer when running.

The frog does not tire in the water..

The hunger that has hope for its satisfaction does not kill.

Those who do not listen to the voice of
the elderly are like trees without roots.

Walk under a fresh tree, the dry one will break.

When the face is washed, you finish at the chin.

Where there is a hippopotamus,
be careful when passing with a pirogue.

Where a river flows, there is abundance.

Where hands are needed , words and letters are useless.

Who takes a hut, also takes the rats and cockroaches.

Who does not know the path should ask.

Words can kill before arms.

You do not beat a drum with one finger.

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