15 Funniest Nigerian Proverbs

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Nigerians love proverbs! Watch a village Nollywood movie and you will agree with me. Our proverbs are stuffed with not only wisdom but humour. Here are fifteen of the funniest Nigerian proverbs I have ever heard.


1) He who goes to sleep with an itching anus wakes up with smelly fingers – Nigerian Proverb


2) A short man is not a boy- Nigerian Proverb


3) No matter how hot your anger is, it cannot cook yams- Nigerian Proverb


4) The frown on the face of the goat will not stop it from being taken to the market – Nigerian Proverb


5) A person who sells eggs should not start a fight in the market.


6) Na when soldier slap you, you go sabi say police na your friend!


7) When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops. ~Nigerian proverb


8) The one-eyed man does not thank God until he sees a blind man. ~Nigerian proverb


9) Fishing without a net is just bathing. ~Nigerian proverb


10) If you can’t dance well, you’d better not get up. ~Nigerian proverb


11) He who marries a beauty marries trouble. ~Nigerian proverb


12) A snake will always give birth to something long. ~Nigerian proverb


13) Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian proverb


14) The disobedient fowl obeys in a pot of soup. ~Nigerian proverb


15) 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


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