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“Every day is for the thief, one day is for the owner.”

Subject: Yoruba (Nigerian Proverb Phonetic Script: “Kwa ụbọchị bụ maka ohi, otu ụbọchị dị ka onye nwe.” Translation:” Every day is for the thief, one day is for the owner.” Interpretation: You can lie, cheat, and steal, but one day, you will be caught. Analysis: This proverb shows the values of the Igbo people. Virtue is… Continue Reading »

Iwa Lewa

My informant is a senior at USC and of Nigerian ethnicity. Her parents were immigrants to America from Nigeria and with them brought customs, traditions, and phrases with them to their new home, including proverbs that they would use to raise their daughter. “Iwa lewa translates I think, literally to “character beauty”. Iwa Lewa…so your… Continue Reading »