Thank you for reading! Olówó o ní jẹ orogan, kí ìwòfà náa wá jẹ́ ágùn má tẹ. The majority of this population is from Nigeria and make up 21% of its population, according to the CIA World Factbook, making them one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. Meaning: Always stand by your word. " You need a long spoon to dine with the devil. Proverb:  “Ìkòkò ò ni gba omi k’ó tún gba ẹyìn, Meaning: The pot cannot contain both the palm fruit and water at the same time, Meaning: Two masters cannot ride one boat/ Two incompatible people cannot live or work together, Translation: The dead does not know how much casket is bought, Meaning: This proverb is used when addressing a person who good things without care, mostly because he is not the one who paid the price for it, Proverb : “Bi Esin ba dáni gúlè ã tun gun ni!”, Meaning: If a Horse fell someone, what we do is to re-climb it, Translation: When a plan falls out, you should not give up but keep trying, Proverb : Aje ke lana omo ku loni, tani o so wipe ko mope ana lo pa omo je, Translation: There was a witch cry yesterday and a child died today. Yorùbá is one of the ethnic groups in Nigeria. It is also mainly found in thick forest, here, it is difficult or almost impossible for any human to channel his part easily. You have done a great job. Ìgbà kìí tọ́ lọ bi òréré, ọjọ o lọ bi ọpá ibọ́n. Á ń jù wọ́n kò ṣé wí léjọ́, ìjà ìlara kò tan bọ̀rọ̀. Literal translation: no birth is superior; the way a slave is given birth to is the same way a child is given birth to. The verbal mode of communication among the Yorùbá people varies in terms of expression which I will classify as direct expression and indirect expression of the message. Usage: it is often used as an expression of appreciation to God or anyone who’s helped you on the path to success when all hopes are lost. It is also mainly found in thick forest, here, it is difficult or almost impossible for any human to channel his part easily. 'i nearly killed the bird.' 7. A palm tree is growing, man created from Adam is not happy. Interpretation: a powerful and wealthy person should not rule or act powerfully. The majority of the Yoruba speak the Yoruba language, which is tonal, and is the Niger-Congo language with the largest number of native speakers. Literal translation: someone we were supposed to trade for a lantern, he now became the person whom we wake up early and light up to see.

~ African proverb One person has to be an obedient subordinate. When the white man is about to leave a garden for good, he wrecks it. Not everyone wants you to attain great heights especially those whom you used to be their subjects or slaves. Translation: The head of an old man is bald because he has taken on so much trouble on his head in his lifetime. Ojú tó máa bá ni kalẹ́, kò ní f’ase ṣe’pin. In a literal sense, it is translated as follows. Translation: A Child does not know how to eat pap without making a stain on his hand. Little by little is how the pig’s nose enters the yard. Interpretation: people whom you used to be their subject will not be happy to see you becoming more successful than them, but will never be able to tell you that they are not happy. 1. Who wouldn’t know it is the witch who is responsible for the child’s death, Meaning: There was a threat yesterday and a tragedy struck today, who wouldn’t know it is the one who threatened to strike yesterday that is responsible for the tragedy, Proverb: Bí kò fę ju ìpàkó, ęşin tí ó ngùn á ję kojū. YORUBA PROVERB Idobale ko ni … This proverb is used when one is apologizing on behalf of a younger one who has offended or has been rude to an adult, emphasizing that the child was only being childish and should be forgiven. Truth came to market but could not be sold; however, we buy lies with ready cash. 6. The head of the house died, the house becomes empty. This will help you to a large extent in your understanding of any message expressed using these proverbs.

When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can. You cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Sorry, you have Javascript Disabled! 12. When the rain falls in the valley, the hill gets angry. It takes a whole village to raise a child. 10. This proverb is often used in a situation whereby the death or absence of experienced guidance maybe in a family or in a community causes the destruction of a child or a community at large. Ẹni tí kò ṣe bi ẹlẹ́dẹ̀ lọnà Ọ̀yọ́, kò lé ṣe bi adégbọ́rọ̀ lọ́’ja ọba. 4. A man with a cough cannot conceal himself.

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