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scan0006As excerpted from the list of Yoruba proverbs researched, translated and submitted by students of my foreign language class in their first homework assignments back in August.

  1. A small kola nut is superior to a large stone.
  2. Snuff that is not pleasant, the mouth cannot sell.
  3. ‘Mine is not urgent’ always prevents the son of a blacksmith from owning a sword.
  4. The soup does not move around in the elders’ belly.
  5. The pig’s nose enters the yard little by little.

Blog Question: Can you tell what the original Yoruba version of these proverbs are, and what they mean in simple, non-proverbial 21st century English?

(Picture source: the cover of a greeting card I received during my birthday last September)

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2 thoughts on “Five Wisdoms

  1. Lemme try.

    5. Yoruba: Kere kere, imu elede n wo ogba. Current day English: One thing leads to another.

    4. Obe kii mi n’ikun aga. Current day English: Keep your cards to your chest.

    3. Not sure of the Yoruba proverb. Current day English: The nearest man to church is the enemy of God.

    2. I’ll pass on this one

    1. Not sure of the Yoruba proverb. Current day English: Make love, not war.

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