Tag Archives: Nigerian proverb


“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 »

“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 »

“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 »

“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 »