Funny Nigerian Proverbs And Thier Lose Translations

when the Jamaicans speak their Creole, we love it, we want to speak like them. You know why? It’s because they appreciate and show pride when speaking the creole. But as for the Naija man, he doesn’t want to speak pidgin because he feels pidgin make people think  less of him, that he his uneducated or not civilized and probably local.  According to wikipedia, the official language in Nigerian is English but we all know that the common language we speak in Nigeria is Pidgin. Be proud to speak your pidgin whether it is the simple pidgin or waffi pidgin, that doesn’t stop you from speaking good english when you want to.


Anyway make I cut my tori short, here are some pidgin  proverbs with their loose translations.


Man wey naked no dey put hand for pocket
loose translation: You can’t do somethings if there are no certain conditions.

Chicken wey run way from borno go Ibadan go still end up inside  pot of soup
loose translation: You Can’t Run Away From Your Destiny

Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap
loose translation: Keep calm! Nothing last  forever

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

Akara and moin moin get the same parent na wetin dey pass tru make dem diffrent
loose translation: How you start doesn’t matter,what matters is how you finish.

Wetin consign agbero with twitter handle, or malu/cow with face cap?
loose translation: Mind your business.

If life dey show you pepper,my guy make pepper soup from am
loose translation: Make something good out of a bad experience

I get am before no be property
loose translation:  stop living in the past and start living in the present. 

If person too tey for party e go follow dem wash plate
loose translation: Don’t outstay your welcome

Rolling stone, ofcourse na person push am now!
loose translation: There is always a reason for something

Craze no hard to form,na the trekking be wahala
loose translation: Easier said than done

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

Every mallam with em own kettle,every aboki with em own radio.
loose translation: Every man for himself

You no need cutlery to chop slap
loose translation: You don’t need my translation to understand this,lol :)

Opolo eye no be open eye
loose translation: Having Big eyes doesn’t make you civilised,lol

Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus.
loose translation: let sleeping dog lie

Bring suya, bring suya,…….na cow body dey suffer am.
loose translation: Every action has a consequence

E go better na e go better,na im make ibo man still dey Kano
loose translation:When there is hope, there is Life.

Escort me, Escort me, naim slave trade take start.
loose translation: Serious things sometimes start like joke

Na from play play dem dey form PLAYER
loose translation: Serious things sometimes start like joke

Pikin wen use agbada take stat guy go talk wetin e go wear wen e old.
loose translation: Slow and steady wins the race

The water wey dem use take make eba can never be recovered back.
loose translation:Don’t cry over spilt milk

Nearly no dey kill bird.
loose translation: It’s  either you have it or you don’t

Fly wey no get special adviser na im dey folow dead bodi enta grave
loose translation: Don’t stay ignorant

No matter how lizard dey do press up, e no go get chest like aligator
loose translation: Be proud of who you are

The cassava today fit be gari tomorrow
loose translation: No condition is permanent

If mad man don beat ur mama before,if she see mechanic she go run…
loose translation: once beaten twice shy

Jollof Rice wey dey for d bottom of pot 2day go dey for top of cooler 2moro
loose translation: no condition is permanent

Anytime wey man wakeup, na that time be him morning
loose translation: Don’t  always wait for the right moment.Take the moment and make it perfect!


 Fowl wey dey carry for head no dey know say to waka na work.
loose translation: A dependant does not know the value of what he/she is enjoying.

Dem say if your neighbour bear bear catch fire, you go quick soak your own inside water
loose translation: prevention is better than cure

Person wey never find space for ground no suppose dey look for mat
loose translation: Everything in life is in stages, take one step at a time!

 Fly wey land on top Butter, think sayim be butterfly
loose translation: a fool always thinks he is wise

Person wey borrow cloth go party no dey dance too much
loose translation:  use what is not yours carefully

Who read na im serious, who pass na im know book
loose translation: How you do something isn’t as important as the result.
 Fly wey land on top Butter, think sayim be butterfly
loose translation: a fool always thinks he is wise

Person wey borrow cloth go party no dey dance too much
loose translation:  use what is not yours carefully


“It’s a small world”, Oya make your papa come trek am now!
loose translation: Easier said than done
Cockroach wey dey form swagger… if im summersault reach fowl place na for lindaikeji dey go read im tori
loose translation: Know your boundaries!

He who lives in a glass house….pepper don rest for am.

A bird in hand….na better suya be that.


Reposted From Talking Drum 

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