Category Archives: folk metaphor


“Iru di nma adiro nma itu mbo”-Onitsha Proverb

Context: This is a proverb that is native to my dad’s village and he learned it as a child growing up in Onitsha. Proverbs like this were a prominent means of giving advice and life lessons especially to the children of the tight-knit community. “Iru di nma adiro nma itu mbo” Transliterated Proverb Iru: face… Continue Reading »

“Nwata adi ebu orika”-Onitsha Proverb

Context: This is a proverb that is native to my dad’s village and he learned it as a child growing up in Onitsha. Proverbs like this were a prominent means of giving advice and life lessons especially to the children of the tight-knit community.  “Nwata adi ebu orika” Transliterated Proverb Nwata: child Adi: does not… Continue Reading »

“Onitsha ji azu awu”-Onitsha Proverb

Context: This is a proverb that is native to my dad’s village and he learned it as a child growing up in Onitsha. Proverbs like this were a prominent means of giving advice and life lessons especially to the children of the tight-knit community. “Onitsha ji azu awu” Transliterated Proverb Onitsha: Onitsha Ji: uses Azu:… Continue Reading »

“Isi buka ora ka Okpu”-Onitsha Proverb

Context: This is a proverb that is native to my dad’s village and he learned it as a child growing up in Onitsha. Proverbs like this were a prominent means of giving advice and life lessons especially to the children of the tight-knit community.  “Isi buka ora ka Okpu” Transliterated Proverb Isi: head Buka: big… Continue Reading »

“Never Let the Blood of Your Unborn Children Cry to God for Vengeance.”

Main piece: (The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer.) Interviewer: Can you tell me some of the old stories or wives tales your mother told you? Informant: The most gross one is about her – her mother, my grandmother, your great great grandmother told my mother about this rich lady… Continue Reading »