Top Yoruba Proverbs and Their Meaning


Proverbs are words of wisdom and act of driving dealing with issue or pointing at a direction without indirectly saying it. In most places, you be mostly advice or insulted with proverbs commonly in elders meeting. As they say, elders talk mostly on proverbs to make clear or not clear their statement to others. Though the use of proverbs is becoming less this days due to the fact that may of us this days don’t know them much and as well have time for them and don’t know how to use them.

Yoruba Proverbs

Yoruba proverbs still symbolize wisdom and a sign of maturity also as an indirect point to a subject without hitting it, from a man of wisdom, you will be mostly be advised with proverbs. On this page we want to share with you some yoruba proverbs and their  meaning, this are not all yoruba provides but this are some we considered as best and very important for an average yoruba person must know.

Yoruba Proverbs and Their Meaning

Gbogbo alangba lo d’anu dele, a ko mo eyi t’inu nrun: Means, All lizards lie flat on their stomach and it is difficult to determine which has a stomach ache It means Everyone looks the same on the outside but everyone has problems that are invisible to outsiders.

Yoruba proverbs and meaning Ile oba t’o jo, ewa lo busi: Means, When a king’s palace burns down, the re-built palace is more beautiful. It means Necessity is mother of invention, creativity is often achieved after overcoming many difficulties.

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A pę ko to jęun, ki ję ibaję: Means, The person that eat late, will not eat spoiled food It means It is more profitable to exercise patience while seeking a durable solution, in difficult situations than to hastily accept an ill-conceived/prepared solution.

Ile la ti n ko eso re ode: Means, Charity begins at Home It means A man cannot give what he does not have good or bad behavior is a reflection of one’s background.

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Eewu bę loko Longę, Longę fun ara rę eewu ni: Means, There is danger at Longę’s farm (Longę is a name of a Yoruba Legend), Longę himself is danger It means You should be extremely careful of situations that have a past history of danger.

Kò sí ęni tí ó ma gùn ęşin tí kò ní ju ìpàkó. Bí kò fę ju ìpàkó, ęşin tí ó ngùn á ję kojū: Means, No one rides a horse without moving his head, voluntarily or involuntarily. It means Your status in life dictates your attitude towards your peers

Bi Ēēgun nla ba ni ohùn o ri gontò, gontò na a ni ohùn o ri Ēēgun nla: Means, If a big masquerade claims it doesn’t see the smaller masquerade, the small masquerade will also claim it doesn’t see the big masquerade.

It means If an important man does not respect those less important than himself, less important men will in turn refuse to give him his due.

Bí abá so òkò sójà ará ilé eni ní bá: Means, He who throws a stone in the market will hit his relative It means Be careful what you do unto others it may return towards you or someone close to you

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Adìẹ funfun kò mọ ara rẹ̀lágbà: Means, The white chicken does not realize its age It means Respect yourself.

Agba ki wa loja, ki ori omo titun o wo: It means, Behave in a mature manner to avoid bad reputation.

Ọbẹ̀ kìí gbé inú àgbà mì: neans, The soup does not move round in an elder’s belly It means You should be able to keep secrets

Díẹ̀ díẹ̀ nimú ẹlẹ́dẹ̀ẹ́ fi ń wọgbà: Yoruba Proverbs Means, Little by little is how the pig’s nose enters the yard. It means Attend to a small problem before it becomes uncontrollable.

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À ń pe gbẹ́nàgbẹ́nà ẹyẹ àkókó ń yọjú: Means, A sculptor is summoned and the woodpecker shows up It means Never think too highly of yourself

Iy’o wu mi e wue, oun e, ni mu omo iya meji jeun ototo: Yoruba Proverbs Means, Differences in likes and dislikes make two brothers eat separately It means Every human being has special characteristics that make him unique.

Oju ole ni agbado un gbo: Means, Corn matures in the presence of a lazy man. It means If a man does not work, he must not eat.

Aja e e gbagbe l’oiye owuo: This Yoruba Proverbs means, A dog does not forget its morning benefactor. It means It is good to show appreciation for any good deed done to one.

Igbe ra ga ni si waju ipa run: Means, It is lifting oneself up that goes before destruction. It means Pride goes before a fall.

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Din ara re ninu awo ti o le gba e: Means, Fry yourself in a pot that will conveniently contain you. It means Cut your coat according to your size.

Ko omo re ki o le fun o ni isimi: Means, Teach your child to give you rest It means Train your child so that he can give you peace of mind.

This is the top best yoruba provides you will likely hear at anytime. You should have some of this in your head to use for others and as well know what someone is talking about when they are been use on you for advise, meeting or so. If you have question you can use the comment box below.





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