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Proverbs

 

 

 

 

Igbo Proverbs

English Meaning

 

 

1

 

Anwansị ka Mbe na-eme mgbe O na-akwado igaefe miri riri Enyi

 

 

 

It is a bravado of extreme proportion when a Tortoise is preparing to cross a rive that drowned an Elephant

 

 

2

 

Anaghị agba aka ahụ eze nwntakịrị

 

 

 

 

New Tooth  development of each kid must be rewarded  with monetary gifts by adults

 

3

 

A si nwata saa ahụ, ya sawaa afo ya.

 

 

 

 

 

When a small child is told to take a shower (bathe),  he/she begins to  body, his/her  stomach (belly).

 

 

4

 

A tụọrọ ọmara, ọ mara, a tụọrọ ofeke,
o fenye isi n'ọhịa.

 

 

When a proverb is told  to somebody  wise, he understands and acts accordingly. But when told to  a shallow mind(dumb), he reacts by running  into the bush to hide.

 

 

5

 

Akwukwo juru n'ohia, ma a baa a choba okazi eji esi ofe.

 

 

There are many types of leaves in the bush, but people go in purposely to seek out  useful  and valuable okazi leaves for making soup.

 

 

6

 

A chụọ  aja ma a hụghị udele, a mara n’ihe mere n’ala ndi Nmụọ

 

 

 

The absence  of  a Vulture in any sacrifice, signifies that   something happened in the land of spirits.

 

7

 

A ma ka mmiri siri baa n'opi ugboghuru?

 

 

 

Who knows how water entered into the stalk of the pumpkin?

 

8

 

Agwọ emeghi ihie o jiri buru agwọ,
ụmụ aka achiri ya hie nku.

 

 

 

If a snake fails to show or use it’s dangerous venom, little kids will use it in to tie their  firewood.

 

9

 

Bịa rie a bụghị (akpụtaghị_ bute nsogbu bịa

 

 

 

 

Invitation to a feast does not mean bring your problems

 

10

 

Bịa ngwangwa abụghị tufuo uche gi ma ina-aga

 

 

 

A call to hurry up to an invitation does not mean abandon your thought process

 

11

 

Biko bu olu okwu e ji eme udo

 

 

 

Please is a word towards peace

 

12

 

Beta beta bụ n’ahụ Nama

 

 

 

Everything has a limitation

 

13

 

Buru buru, abụghị buru n’isi gbaa ọtọ (akpọrị)

 

 

 

Hurrying to carry anything on the head does not mean don’t use a cushion on one’s head

14

Chi ewere ehihie jie

 

 

The unthinkable has happened

 

15

 

Egbe gbere Ugo bere, nke si ibe ya ebela nku kwaya

 

 

 

Live and let live; those who do not conform should receive  severe mishap/punishment

 

16

 

Ebe onye bi kana-awachi

 

 

 

 

 

Charity begins at home

17

Ewu atala m ịgị n'isi

 

I have been duped

 

 

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