Pidgin English Proverb And Translation

Man wey naked no dey put hand for pocket

loose translation: You can’t do somethings if there are no certain conditions.

Chicken wey run way from borno go Ibadan go still end up inside  pot of soup

loose translation: You Can’t Run Away From Your Destiny

Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap

loose translation: Keep calm! Nothing last  forever

Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef

loose translation: Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush!

Akara and moin moin get the same parent na wetin dey pass tru make dem diffrent

loose translation: How you start doesn’t matter,what matters is how you finish.

Wetin consign agbero with twitter handle, or malu/cow with face cap?

loose translation: Mind your business.

If life dey show you pepper,my guy make pepper soup from am

loose translation: Make something good out of a bad experience

I get am before no be property

loose translation:  stop living in the past and start living in the present. 

If person too tey for party e go follow dem wash plate

loose translation: Don’t outstay your welcome

Rolling stone, ofcourse na person push am now!

loose translation: There is always a reason for something

Craze no hard to form,na the trekking be wahala

loose translation: Easier said than done

No matter how hot your tempa be,e no fit  boil beans.

loose translation: Calm down,your temper won’t solve the problem

Every mallam with em own kettle,every aboki with em own radio.

loose translation: Every man for himself

You no need cutlery to chop slap

loose translation: You don’t need my translation to understand this,lol 

Opolo eye no be open eye

loose translation: Having Big eyes doesn’t make you civilised,lol

Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus.

loose translation: let sleeping dog lie

Bring suya, bring suya,…….na cow body dey suffer am.

loose translation: Every action has a consequence

E go better na e go better,na im make ibo man still dey Kano

loose translation:When there is hope, there is Life.

Escort me, Escort me, naim slave trade take start.

loose translation: Serious things sometimes start like joke

Na from play play dem dey form PLAYER

loose translation: Serious things sometimes start like joke

Pikin wen use agbada take stat guy go talk wetin e go wear wen e old.

loose translation: Slow and steady wins the race

The water wey dem use take make eba can never be recovered back.

loose translation:Don’t cry over spilt milk

Nearly no dey kill bird.

loose translation: It’s  either you have it or you don’t

Fly wey no get special adviser na im dey folow dead bodi enta grave

loose translation: Don’t stay ignorant

No matter how lizard dey do press up, e no go get chest like aligator

loose translation: Be proud of who you are

The cassava today fit be gari tomorrow

loose translation: No condition is permanent

If mad man don beat ur mama before,if she see mechanic she go run…

loose translation: once beaten twice shy

Jollof Rice wey dey for d bottom of pot 2day go dey for top of cooler 2moro

loose translation: no condition is permanent

Anytime wey man wakeup, na that time be him morning

loose translation: Don’t  always wait for the right moment.Take the moment and make it perfect!


 Fowl wey dey carry for head no dey know say to waka na work.

loose translation: A dependant does not know the value of what he/she is enjoying.

Dem say if your neighbour bear bear catch fire, you go quick soak your own inside water

loose translation: prevention is better than cure

Person wey never find space for ground no suppose dey look for mat

loose translation: Everything in life is in stages, take one step at a time!

 Fly wey land on top Butter, think sayim be butterfly

loose translation: a fool always thinks he is wise

Person wey borrow cloth go party no dey dance too much

loose translation:  use what is not yours carefully

Who read na im serious, who pass na im know book

loose translation: How you do something isn’t as important as the result.

 Fly wey land on top Butter, think sayim be butterfly

loose translation: a fool always thinks he is wise

Person wey borrow cloth go party no dey dance too much

loose translation:  use what is not yours carefully


“It’s a small world”, Oya make your papa come trek am now!

loose translation: Easier said than done

Cockroach wey dey form swagger… if im summersault reach fowl place na for lindaikeji dey go read im tori

loose translation: Know your boundaries!

He who lives in a glass house….pepper don rest for am.

A bird in hand….na better suya be that.

culled from talking drum.

InlandTown! 2015

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