Igbo Proverbs (79 Proverbs)


  • A snake that swallows its neighbor will have a tail sticking out of its mouth.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The little puppy said: "If I fall down and roll over for you, and you fall down and roll over for me, then we are playing. However, if I fall down and roll over for you, but you do not fall down and roll over for me, then that's a fight."
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • Do not argue with a fool, for people will not be able to tell between the two of you.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • What gives the child the itch has already given him the fingernails for scratching it.
    (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)

  • Knowing but not telling it is what kills old men. Hearing but not heeding it is what kills young men.
    (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 travelled child knows better than the old man who sits at home.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The lizard says that he knows the condition of his underbelly.?The reason he has it pressed against the ground.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A calm spirit will enable a man to survive even a six-month jail sentence.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Dog eats excreta, but goat gets rotten teeth.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

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

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

  • A wayward woman is like the weaver bird. She uses her perch on one tree to scout other trees.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The lizard would like to stand erect, but his tail will not permit him.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A guest mourner does not wail as though his heart is broken.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • Everyone cut the grass. Cut the grass. Let no one call the others 'Prisoners'.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • When a drunk meets a mad man, he learns the difference between being merely drunk and truly mad.
    (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)

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

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

  • A woman who needs to borrow a calabash cannot count on going early to the stream.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The mind is like a bag; everyone has one.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A guest should not cause his host's demise. When the guest is ready to leave, his host should not have given him a hunch-back.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • God swats flies for an animal that has no tail.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • When a drunken man meets a mad man, he learns the difference between being merely drunk and being truly mad.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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


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