Nigerian Proverbs & Sayings (440 Proverbs)


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

  • A lizard that fell from the top of a tree wastes its time looking back to where it fell from; if there was anything good the lizard deserved, it could not have missed it while it was there on top of the tree.
    (Nigerian Proverb)

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

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

  • Common proverbs of cooperation are:.
    (Nigerian Proverb)


  • He who is called a man must behave like a man.
    (Nigerian Proverb)

  • If men were now to turn their hostility towards the cat, it would not be long before the domestic cat becomes a wild animal.
    (Nigerian Proverb)

  • It is an irresponsible adult that creates enmity because of a disagreement that arises between two children.
    (Nigerian Proverb)

  • It is the fear of what tomorrow may bring that makes the tortoise to carry his house along with him wherever he goes.
    (Nigerian Proverb)

  • Look for a black goat while it is still daytime.
    (Nigerian Proverb)


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