451 Nigerian Proverbs
1. "Give me a push from my back" does not mean give me a hunchback.
2. "Now the marriage begins," says the woman who has been beaten with thorns.
3. 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.
4. A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.
5. A bird that flies from the ground onto an anthill, does not know that it is still on the ground.
6. A bottle of oil warmed over the fire has no means of producing oil by itself.
7. A bush fowls' playground is never appreciably spacious.
8. A child does not die because the mother's breasts are dry.
9. A child is what you put into him.
10. A child who fears beating, would never admit that he played with a missing knife.
11. A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back.
12. A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is.
13. A child's face is his mirror.
14. A clay pot of water is never hot-tempered.
15. A crowd is like a smoldering log which can spark into a flame at any time.
16. A diviner cannot accurately divine his own future.
17. A family name is not cooked and eaten, one's life is the thing.
18. A farmer does not boast that he has had a good harvest until his stock of yams lasts till the following harvest season.
19. A farmer does not conclude by the mere look of it that a corn is unripe; he tears it open for examination.
20. 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.