There are many languages in the world and Pidgin English is one of them. No doubt, Pidgin English has come a long way in Nigeria.
Though not one of the official languages, most Nigerians have come to love and accept it.
There’s something about Pidgin English, it has this undertone that makes something serious sound so funny.
Just like in English, there are proverbs in Pidgin English. Below are some Nigerian Pidgin proverbs that you have probably heard but don’t know its meaning.
1. No matter how hot your tempa be, e no fit boil beans
Your hot temper or anger won’t solve the problem, so calm down.
2. Jollof Rice wey dey for bottom of pot today go dey for top of cooler tomorrow
No condition is permanent.
3. Fly wey no dey hear word na im dey follow dead body enter grave
A stubborn child who ignores advice will regret it in future.
4. Wetin you dey find for sokoto dey for shokoto
The grass is not always greener on the other side.
5. The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging
The way you carry yourself matters a lot.
6. Na from clap them take dey enter dance
The little things today always lead to bigger things later.
7. Better soup na money kill am
Luxury isn’t cheap. The good things in life don’t come cheap.
8. Pikin wey say im mama no go sleep, no go sleep too
If you ferment trouble, you will also be a partaker of the trouble.
9. No matter how tall Okra grow e no go tall pass em owner
No servant is greater than his or her master.
10. One day, breeze go blow and fowl yansh go open
Nothing can remain hidden forever, the truth always comes out.
11. E don tey wey nyash dey for back
There is nothing new under the sun'
12. No matter how lizard dey do press up, e no go get chest like alligator
Your pride will take you nowhere.
13. Monkey no dey born fowl
Like begets like. Same as ‘Like father like son’
14. I get am before no be property
Stop living in the past and live in the present
15. Cunny man die, cunny man bury am
It takes a thief to catch a thief
16. Everybody answer your papa surname
Speak for yourself and only you
17. Na condition make crayfish bend
When one is forced to do the unthinkable in certain circumstances.
Do you have any other Pidgin English proverbs to add to this list? Feel free to share.