“20 Nigerian Pidgin Proverbs that will surely make you laugh”

Jamaicans speak their Creole with such pride and enthusiasm that foreigners become eager to learn it. Nigerians, on the other avoid speaking their Pidgin, with the mindset that it is socially degrading but nonetheless complain of its unpopularity. Rome wasn’t built in a day and I’m sure that the Jamaican Creole wasn’t created in one either. I feel that people need to understand that a Creole is simply a Pidgin that is so widely spoken among a community that it becomes a native tongue. Simply appreciating the beauty, humor, and rhyme of our pidgin is a key step towards creating a new Nigerian language. Who knows? Maybe we can even create an indigenous, widespread, official language out of this!
Here are a few sayings in the Nigerian pidgin that I found especially enlightening and humorous:

Man wey naked no dey put hand for pocket

You can’t do some things without certain conditions.

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

You Can’t Run Away From Your Destiny

Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap

Fame doesn’t last forever

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

Be patient, let the game come to you.

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

How you finish matters more than how you started.

To piss no hard but fowl no fit.

Not everyone can do what appears easy.

Custard na just pap wey jand

Appearances are often misleading.

Wetin consign agbero with twitter handle or malu with face cap?

Mind your business

If life dey show you pepper my guy make pepper soup

Make something good out of a bad experience

I get am before no be property

Don’t bank on past appearances

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

Don’t overstay your welcome

Rolling stone, of course na person push am now!

There’s a reason for everything

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

Being angry won’t solve the problem

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

Every man for himself

You no need cutlery to chop slap

Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus.

Let a sleeping dog lie

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

Every action has a consequence

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

When there is hope,there is Life.

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

Serious things sometimes start like joke

Na from play play dem dey form PLAYER

Serious things sometimes start like joke

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

Slow and steady wins the race

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

Don’t cry over spilt milk

Nearly no dey kill bird.

It’s  either you have it or you don’t

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

Don’t be ignorant

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

Be proud of who you are

The cassava today fit be gari tomorrow

No condition is permanent

Jollof Rice wey dey for the bottom of pot today go dey for top of cooler tomorow

No condition is permanent

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

A dependant would not know the value of what he/she is enjoying.

Na from clap dance dey start.

Big things start small

Adapted from: http://www.tlkdrum.com/18-nigerian-pidgin-proverbs-that-will-surely-make-you-laugh/

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