Nigerian proverbs and translation

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1.Craze no hard to form, na the trekking be wahala. English translation: Most things or tasks are easier said than done. 

2.No matter how hot your temper be, e no fit boil beans. English translation: Calm down, your temper won’t solve the problem.

3.Chicken wey run from Borno go Ibadan go still end up inside pot of soup. English translation: You can’t run away from your destiny.

4.Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap. English translation: Keep calm! Nothing lasts forever.

 5.Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef. English translation: Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush!

 6.Akara and moin moin get the same parent, na wetin dem pass through make dem different. English translation: How you start doesn’t matter, what matters is how you finish, which is to a large extent, how you handle situations of life thrown at your feet.

 7.Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus. English translation: Give everyone what they deserve.

 8.The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging. English translation: Don’t judge based on appearance alone.

 9.Escort me, Escort me, na so slave trade take start. English translation: Serious things sometimes start like a joke.

 10. This is left for you to fill… add your native proverb, and its meaning. Cheers.


Inspired by : John “Alagbabishi” Ojo



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  1. I was just laughing seriously as i read this. I just love the sound of pidgin especially waffi.
    Between, I remember you mentioned on your blog that you don’t like a babe speaking pidgin….*tongue out*


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