Nigerian Proverbs

A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad. 

A diviner cannot accurately divine his own future. 

A farmer does not conclude by the mere look of it that a corn is unripe; he tears it open for examination. 

A friendly person is never a good-for-nothing. 

A good name is better than gold. 

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. 

A person who has children does not die. 

A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigri-tude. 

An ant-hill that is destined to become a giant ant-hill will definitely become one, no matter how many times it is destroyed by elephants. 

Any wealth that takes only a market week to acquire is sure to contain in it things for which the gods will surely come to make claims. 

As long as you stay in a group, the lion will stay hungry. 

Ashes fly back into the face of him who throws them. 


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