Yoruba Proverbs

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Proverbs are wise sayings. Yoruba language has quite some of these proverbs. They are parables,said by elders to teach character or correct a bad behaviour. In Yoruba language, proverbs are in categories. Proverbs are descriptive enough to make situational meanings. In fact, some proverbs are derived from stories; these are called “ìtándòwe”.

Below are some of the Yoruba proverbs and the meaning:

  • Ààbọ̀ ọ̀rọ̀ l’à á sọ fún ọmọlúwàbí, tí ó bá dé inú rẹ̀ á di odindin.

Meaning: a word is enough for the wise.

  • Àbá mọ̀ a ò ṣe é, a ṣe é tán, ó d’aápọn

Meaning: a man might have repented of his past actions, but he must face the consequences.

  • Àbá ni kán ndá, ikán kò le mu òkúta

Meaning: there is no harm in trying. Even though white ants try, it’s certain they cannot devour a rock.

  • Abanijẹ́ nba ara rẹ̀ jẹ́

Meaning: He who slanders others, belittles himself or herself.

  • Abanilóríjẹ́, ilé rẹ̀ l’ó ti nmú abẹ wa

Meaning: he that misleads others learnt such from home. Every vice has a backup or supporters’ effect.

  • Abánirẹ́ fi àfo ìjà sílẹ̀

Meaning: in friendship, do not tell all your secrets, because you might quarrel with that friend someday.

  • Àbá ní dií òtítọ́, ojo ni kií jẹ́ kí á dàá

Meaning: cowardice prevents great feats.

  • Abarapárá ti gbogbo ènìyàn, òkùnrùn ti ẹni nìkanṣoṣo

Good things have company, bad things are solitary. When you are healthy you have friends, unlike when sick and neglected.

  • Àbàtà takété bí ẹni pé kò bá odò tan

Meaning: a mashy place stays aloof like it has nothing to do with the river. A  corrupt one is so different enough to be noticed.

  • Abẹ́rẹ́ bọ́ l’ọ́wọ́ adẹ́tẹ̀ ó dète, ọ̀rọ̀ balẹ̀ ó d’èrò

Meaning: When a needle drops from a leper’s hand, it requires skillful techniques to pick it; similarly, when a problem is shared, a possible solution is expected.

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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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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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