Yoruba Proverbs

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1a. Àbíjọ ni a nmọ ìtan

1b. Physical resemblance reveals relatives

2a. Àbí ìkọ́, àkọ́ ìgbọ́, òde ni wọ́n tií nkọ́ ọgbọ́n wálé

2b. Untrained children will be corrected outside. This proverb is used especially for people that are unruly and unnecessarily impossible.

3a. Àbíkú sọ ológùn dèké

3b. Still birth turns the doctor a liar. An expression used when there is a failed attempt in an endeavour.

4a. A bímọ kò gbọ́n, a ní kí ó sa má kùú, kílí ó npa ènìà bi àìgbọ́n

4b. Not improving a child’s intellect is exposing the child to danger. Also solve the root cause of a problem. Otherwise, expect the worst.

5a. Abínú ẹni kò lè pa kádàrá dà

5b. Hatred cannot alter one’s destiny.

6a. Abiyamọ ọ̀tá àgàn, ẹni nṣiṣé ọ̀tá ọ̀lẹ

6b. A barren woman is jealous of a mother, a lazy man is jealous of the one that works. People are always jealous of others that are better than them.

7a. Àdàbà kò náání à ńkún gbẹ́, iná jo ẹiyẹ fò lọ

7b. Fire does not distress a dove, once it sees the flame, it flies away.

8a. Àdàbà ńfògèdè, o ṣebí ẹiyẹlé kò gbọ́, ẹiyẹlé gbọ́, títiri l’ó ńtiri

8b. The dove says incarntation but the pigeon pretends not to hear. it is sometimes wise to ignore certain situations.

9a. Adájàsílẹ̀ takété

9b. One who initiates quarrel and stand aloof. This is used to describe the devil’s advocate in a misunderstanding or confusing situation.

10a. Adánilóró f’agbára kọ́ni

10b. The tormentor makes his victim stronger.

11a. Adánitán ti dá ni tán kí abanijẹ́ tó dé, nígbàtí abanijẹ́ sì dé, ó bá ni lọ́wọ́ atúnniṣe

11b. The creator had completed his work before the destroyer came, when the destroyer came, he met us with the redeemer. There’s always a way out of the enemies’ trap.

12a. Àdán doríkodò o nwo ìṣe ẹiyẹ

12b. Still water runs deep ( the bat heads down to observe the bird).

13a. Àdánul ńláńlá ni fún ẹni tí ó fẹ ni tí a kò fẹ́

13b. Unrequited love is a great loss

14a. Àdáse nií wun ni, àjọse kìi wun ni

14b. One man is not responsible for the consequence of a joint effort and vice versa.

15a. Adìẹ bà lé okùn, ara kò rọ okùn, ara kò rọ adìẹ

15b. A chicken perches on a rope, both the rope and chicken feel uneasy. When you disturb people, you are indirectly disturbing yourself.

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Gbemi has worked as a ghostwriter for well over ten years and counting. She is a pro in business and executive communication. More so, she has a mastery of creative writing and making a polished document out of disorganized thoughts and ideas.

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