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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nigerian Proverbs In Pidgin language and Meaning

Written by: Akas Baba


1. Chicken wey run away from Borno go Ibadan go still end up inside pot of soup.
Meaning - YOU CANT RUN AWAY FROM YOUR DESTINY.

2. Today's newspaper na tomorrow suya wrap.
Meaning - KEEP CALM NOTHING LAST FOREVER.

3. Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef.
Meaning - JUST BE PATIENT LET THE GAME COME TO YOU, DON'T RUSH.

4. Akara and moi moi get the same parent, na wetin dem pass through make dem different.
Meaning - HOW YOU START DOESN'T MATTER, WHAT MATTERS IS HOW YOU FINISH.

5. If life show you pepper, my guy make pepper soup from it.
Meaning - MAKE SOMETHING GOOD OUT OF A BAD EXPERIENCE.

6. I get am before no be property;
Meaning - STOP LIVING IN THE PAST AND START LIVING IN THE PRESENT.

7. If person too tey for party e go follow dem wash plate.
Meaning - DON'T OUTSTAY YOUR WELCOME.

8. Craze no hard to form na d trekking be wahala.
Meaning - EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

9. No matter how hot your temper be, e no fit boil beans.
Meaning - CALM DOWN, YOUR TEMPER WON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

10. Every mallam with im own kettle, every northerner with im own radio.
Meaning - EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.

11. Frog eye no be open eye:
Meaning - HAVING BIG EYES DOESN'T MAKE YOU CIVILIZED.

12. Bring suya...bring suya, na cow body dey suffer am.
Meaning - EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE.

13. E go better e go better na im make ibo man still dey kano.
Meaning - WHEN THERE IS LIFE THERE'S HOPE.

14. The difference between ipekere and plantain chips na packaging.
Meaning - DON'T JUDGE BASED ON APPEARANCE ALONE.

15. Escort me, escort me, na so slave trade take start.
Meaning - SERIOUS THINGS SOMETIMES START LIKE JOKE.

16. Pikin wey use agbada take start, abeg wetin e go wear wen e old.
Meaning - SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.

17. The water wey dem use make eba can never be recovered back.
Meaning - DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK.

18. Better Soup na Money Kill am.
Meaning - WITH MORE MONEY, YOU GET MORE VALUE.

19. Person wey borrow clothe go party, no dey dance too much.
Meaning - DO NOT BE PROUD AND BRAG TOO MUCH.

20. Nearly no dey kill bird.
Meaning - ITS EITHER YOU HAVE IT OR YOU DONT.

21. Fly wey no get special adviser na im dey follow dead bodi enta grave
Meaning -  DONT STAY IGNORANT. 

22. No matter how lizard dey do press up, e no go get chest like aligator
Meaning - BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE. 

23. The cassava today fit be gari tomorrow
Meaning - NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT.

24. Fowl wey dem carry put for head no dey know say to waka na work.
Meaning - A DEPENDANT WOULD NOT KNOW THE VALUE OF WHAT HE/SHE IS ENJOYING.

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