Igbo Proverbs (79 Proverbs)


  • 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)


  • A person who uses the world as his carrying pad will find himself carrying his load on his bare head.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • Stream said that it is because it has nobody to direct it that... it goes in a zigzag way.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

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

  • A pot trader whose fortunes are all invested in her clay pots isn't much of a merchant.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • Swearing in the name of one god while at the shrine of another god.
    (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 guest mourner does not wail as though his heart is broken.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A servant serves a king, he serves the king well; a servant serves two kings, he is true to one.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • The best way to eat hot soup is little by little.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • A slave boy is blamed no matter what he does: If he does not wash his hands, he is accused of being dirty. If he washes his hands, he is accused of wasting water.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day.
    (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 man has the same last name as his brother.
    (Igbo Proverb)

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

  • He who spits towards the sky is spitting on his face.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • The dog said that it is better to walk behind those who have had a lot to eat, because if something doesn't come out of them one way, it is bound to come out of them another way.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers.
    (Igbo Proverb)

  • A man who believes that he can do everything, let him dig a grave and bury himself.
    (Igbo Proverb)


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