A man being short does not make him a boy Read.
Even if a goat has a frown face, it cannot lack a buyer at the market.
The same sun that melts wax is also capable of hardening clay.
Hot anger is not capable of cooking yams.
Horses have four legs though there often fall.
If life has beaten you severely and your face is swollen, smile and act like a fat man.
That man that has one eye will only thank God if he or she sees a man that is blind.
Love will always be better than whip.
The habits that a child forms at his or her home will determine how they behave in their marriages.
If you marry beauty then you should know that you married trouble.
If a woman gets married twice, they can never tell on the beauty of marriage.
That man that dream too marry a woman with many admirers might end up not marrying at all.
A short man can only be able to hang his bag to that point that their hands can reach.
A tortoise is the only animal that carries it shells, their house, along with it because of fear.
Whenever you give, be sure of getting over 10 times.
Always hold a true friend with both of your hands.
You can never know when a chicken sweats because of their feathers.
Where you fall, you should know that it is God who pushed you .
"Give me a push from my back" does not mean give me a hunchback.
"Now the marriage begins," says the woman who has been beaten with thorns.
A bag that says it will not take more, and a traditional doctor who says he would not leave anything behind are both sure to suffer.
A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill, does not know that it is still on the ground.
A bottle of oil warmed over the fire has no means of producing oil by itself.
A bush fowls' playground is never appreciably spacious.
A child is what you put into him.
A child who fears beating, would never admit that he played with a missing knife.
A child's face is his mirror.
A crowd is like a smoldering log which can spark into a flame at any time.
A diviner cannot accurately divine his own future.
A family name is not cooked and eaten, one's life is the thing.
A farmer does not boast that he has had a good harvest until his stock of yams lasts till the following harvest season.
A farmer who would not work inside the rain and would not work under the sun, would have nothing to harvest at the end of the farming year.
A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.
A fowl does not forget where it lays it eggs.
A friendly person is never a good-for-nothing.
A glorious past is the work of a glorious man.
A goat owned by two people sleeps outside.
A housewife who complains that there is not enough foodstuff in the market should remember that if her husband adds to what is already available, there would be more for everyone.
A laughing jackal portends a witch in the rafters.
A lizard that fell from the top of a tree wastes its time looking back to where it fell from; if there was anything good the lizard deserved, it could not have missed it while it was there on top of the tree.
A man does not wander far from where his corn is roasting.
A man who eases himself in public, gives cause to others to despise him.
A man who is advised and he takes it, is still a man who acts from his own free will.
A man who lives on the bank of a river does not use spittle to wash his hands.
A man who walks alone carries a load of palm-fronds.
A masquerade is not a spirit only because of its mask.
A pad that breaks a pot of water does not remain on the head.
A person always breaking off from work never finishes anything.
A person is a guest for one or two days, but becomes an intruder on the third.
A person on whose head lice are being removed, must be grateful.
A person who has children does not die.
A person who picks something and decides to make it his own, ought to think how he would feel if he was the person who lost the property he picked.
A piece of iron can only become what the blacksmith says it should become.
A pot that build attracts the cook.
A single tree can not make a forest.
A smiling face dispels unhappiness.
A spacious ground is the right place to demonstrate one's skill in wrestling.
A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigri-tude.
A traveler to distant places should make no enemies.
A tree is known by its fruit.
A wealthy man will always have followers.
A woman possessed by demons dreams of toads in red dancing shoes.
Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
All is never said.
An oil lamp feels proud to give light even though it wears itself away.
An old banana leaf was once young and green.
An old man is there to talk.
As long as you stay in a group, the lion will stay hungry.
At a time a cockerel matures, it begins to crow to tell the world the time of day.
Before firing, you must take aim.
Being happy in one's home is better than being a chief.
Being happy is better than being king.
Black goats must be caught early, before it gets dark.
Charms do not perform miracles on the shelf; they perform for those who are brave.
Choose your fellow traveller before you start on your journey.
Courage is the father of success.
Don't ask me where I am going but where I have come from.
Earth is the queen of beds.
Even when fire has done its very worst, one still has to resort to it.
Every fault is laid at the door of the hyena, but it does not steal a bale of cloth.
Every river knows where its water would not be soaked up into the earth, and that is where it flows past.
Everybody joins to blame or condemn a child who overthrows the pot of soup.
Evil knows where evil sleeps.
Fine words do not produce food.
Fire has no brother.
Flog my erring child comes from the lips, "don't hurt him/her" comes from the bottom of the heart.
Grass does not grow on the nose of a thief.
Guilt is like the footprint of a hippopotamus.
He who does not look ahead always remains behind.
He who does not lose his way by night will not lose his way by day.
He who pursues an innocent chicken always stumbles.
He who waits for a chance may wait for a long time.
He whose throat is longer than his arm must pray constantly for gods' protection.
Horns do not grow before the head.
However long the moon disappears, someday it must shine again.
Hyenas are caught with stinking bait.
If a child is not well-behaved, she is not sent by the mother to go alone to the market to buy things for her.
If a greedy eater is near a patient, such a patient can never survive.
If a monkey is amongst dogs, why won't it start barking?.
If a soup is sweet, it is money that cooks it.
If all seeds that fall were to grow, then no one could follow the path under the trees.
If men were now to turn their hostility towards the cat, it would not be long before the domestic cat becomes a wild animal.
If neither animal nor vegetable you be, then mineral you are. If one finger brought oil it soiled others.
If one finger brought oil it soiled others.
If the bull would throw you, lie down.
If the load is too heavy for someone to carry, one would be better off to give the load to the ground to carry.
If you find "Miss This Year" beautiful, then you'll find "Miss Next Year" even more so.
If you have one finger pointing at somebody, you have three pointing towards yourself.
If you have run out of gunpowder, use your gun as a club.
If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.
It is from a small seed that the giant Iroko tree has its beginning.
It is more fun doing evil than putting it right.
It is only the toad that gets up from its knees and falls back again on its knees.
It is the fear of offence that makes men swallow poison.
It is the fortunate person that the physician undertakes to help.
It is when there is a stampede, that a person with big buttocks knows that he carries a load.
It takes a whole village to educate a child.
Languages differ but coughs are the same.
Leopards lurk in dark corners.
Meat does not eat meat.
Money does not announce how it is earned but whereas properly earned money appreciates, improperly earned money depreciates.
Money has the capability of making people laugh; but when they laugh, the foolish ones sometimes forget to close their mouths.
Money kills more than do weapons.
Not to know the good we have Till time has stolen the cherish'd gift away, Is cause of half the misery that we feel, And makes the world the wilderness it is.
Old age does not come in just one day.
One can only try to get what one can from the head of an elephant, no one ever carries it home.
One cry of "Thief!" and the whole marketplace is on the lookout.
One must row in whichever boat one finds one's self.
Only a mother would carry the child that bites.
Our examples are like seeds on a windy day, they spread far and wide.
Profit is profit even in Mecca.
Rather than tell a lie to help a friend, it is better to assist him in paying the fine for his offense.
Sleep and indolence are not cousins of a good harvest.
Someone else's legs are no good to you when you're travelling.
Stupidity is the lover of ignorance.
Nigerian proverbs are particularly insightful and therefore smart to use. I here describe such proverbs related to Nigerian people culture. Enjoy these Nigerian Proverbs which are given above the page.