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14 Pidgin Proverbs That Would Leave You Reeling With Laughter

The Nigerian pidgin English has become Nigeria’s unofficial language. Almost every Nigerian has come to accept and love it as part of their identity. A Nigerian who doesn’t speak pidgin well is almost like an outcast. “Pidgin” or “Brokin” as it is commonly referred to has proverbs just like Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo language. The difference is, the pidgin ones are usually very funny and connote a mild way to pass a serious message. here are 14 of them, you have probably heard of but has never actually asked what the meaning is…

Suya-Causes-Cancer-Bella-Niaja

– Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap.

Translation: Keep calm! Nothing lasts forever.

cry baby

– Pikin wey say him mama nor go sleep himself nor go sleep: 

Translation: Anyone who ferments trouble will also be a partaker of the trouble.

Cow

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

Translation

mad man

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

Translation: Once beaten twice shy

property

I get am before no be property

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Translation: Stop living in the past, focus on the present.

boiling beans

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

Translation: A bad temper would no good to an already bad situation.

mallam

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

Translation: Every man for himself

frog

Opolo eye no be open eye

Translation: Just becasue you have big eyes doesn’t mean you are wise or smart

Nigerian soup

Soup wey sweet na money kill am

Translation: Luxury isn’t cheap

LAWMA

Leave trash for LAWMA

Translation:  Give every man his dues

Chips

The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging:

Translation: Don’t judge based on appearance alone

clap

Na from clap dem dey take enter dance: 

Translation: Every great achivement starts from somewhere.

suya

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

Translation: Every action has a consequence

conman

Corny man die corny man bury man:

Translation: When a cheater is cheated by another cheater

source: Information Nigeria

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