Igbo Proverbs (79 Proverbs)


  • A person can never run so fast as to run away from his backside.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • An udara fruit that falls by the roadside must want to be picked up and eaten.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • In the daytime do we chase the black goat.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The prince is never guilty in his father's court.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • When the music stops, a deaf person continues to dance.
    (Igbo Proverb)


  • A person who arrives at a feast when the cooked meat is being pulled out of the pot does not know what was endured by others to catch and cook it.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • An udara fruit that falls on the side of the road is asking to be eaten.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Knowing but not telling it is what kills old men. Hearing but not heeding it is what kills young men.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The riverside monkey is apt to be blamed for every twig found in the river.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Whether it was the tenant who seduced the landlord's wife, or the landlord who seduced the tenant's wife, it is the tenant who would leave the house.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A person who chases a chicken is due a fall. The chicken is a master of the dodged escaped.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • At whatever age a child gets a problem, at the same age she has to shoulder the responsibility.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Let the kite hawk have a perch, and let the eagle also have a perch. Whichever begrudges the other the right to perch, may he break a wing.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The same rain that drenches the slave also drenches the slave driver.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Whichever son is able should bury his father. The first son did not kill him.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A person who happens by a neighbor's house at dinner time, and is invited to join the meal, does not swallow such large morsels as to break the string of pearls around his neck.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Bump-thump-scratch. It's all on a big man's skin.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • No one gets a mouthful of food by picking between another person's teeth.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • 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.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • While the wooden idols are tormenting me, the termites are tormenting them.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A person who is being carried to the market does not realize that the way is long.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Criticism of the brave is behind his back.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • One first drives off the fox, before taking the chickens home and blaming them for straying.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The world is like a goat's udder. It does not yile any milk, unless you punch and squeeze at it.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • You may be clever but you can never lose your shadow.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A person who underneath the tall palm tree is best positioned to tell on which side the ripe head is.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Dancing the drum will be done where the drum is.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • One who knows everything at times draws water with a basket.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A bad habit that lasts more than a year may turn into a custom.
    (Igbo Proverb)


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