Nigerian Pidgin Proverbs That Will Surely Make You Laugh

Anyone who knows me very well would know that I speak Pidgin English wella! Oh yeah, I roll like that too… Lol

We can’t deny that Pidgin English has come a long way in Nigeria. Maybe we’d discuss the origin of the language some time later, but for sure, it has come to stay. Now we have Songs, Movies, TV Programmes, Radio & TV Stations where only Pidgin is spoken and they’ve all made a huge impact on the society.

There’s something about Pidgin English that just makes the mood lighter and makes everything seem so funny. However, proverbs in Pidgin usually have a very strong meaning. Although it might be said as a joke or in a funny way, when you translate it properly, it thoroughly makes sense!

Here are some courtesy of Mayo Bayo of

Craze no hard to form, na the trekking be wahala
loose translation: Easier said than done

No matter how hot your tempa be, e no fit boil beans
loose translation: Calm down, your temper won’t solve the problem

Chicken wey run way from Borno go Ibadan go still end up inside pot of soup
loose translation: You can’t run away from your destiny

Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap
loose translation: Keep calm! Nothing lasts forever

Cow wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef
loose translation: Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush!

Akara and moin moin get the same parent, na wetin dey pass through make dem different
loose translation: How you start doesn’t matter, what matters is how you finish.

Leave matter for Mathias and Sabi for Sabinus
loose translation: Give everyone what they deserve.

The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging
loose translation: Don’t judge based on appearance alone

Escort me, Escort me, na im slave trade take start
loose translation: Serious things sometimes start like a joke

The water wey dem use take make eba can never be recovered back
loose translation: Don’t cry over spilled milk

Which proverb do you think has the strongest meaning? Do you have any other proverb in Pidgin to add to this list? Feel free to share.

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    Racheal Laye Edward
    January 5, 2015 at 9:34 pm


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    Helena kings
    January 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    “Today’s newspaper na tomorrow suya wrap”, I like the most.
    Another reassurance that no bad condition is permanent.

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    January 5, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Na the small cooperation wey water and garri get Na im make am dey rise. Meaning………. Peace is better than War.

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    January 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Nice one

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Escort me, escort me, na im make slave trade start… this what I like most. It makes so much sense. 🙂
    I love Naija pidgin

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      January 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

      True o. No be today nyash dey bak. Nothing is new

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      January 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Na true talk b dz

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    Edike Chichi
    January 6, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Big mouth dey talk, big ear dey listen, goat dey chop big ear yam. -Make hay while the sun shines

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    January 6, 2015 at 4:08 am

    No do no do na him dey form small pikin….had I knw is the brother to Mr late lol

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      January 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      abeg make person No die wit laughter hère abeg…

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I no gree, I no gree nai dey tear cloth……two wrongs can’t make it wright

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    This is lovely though…the first one got me the most. Thank u for this

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    D j rock star
    January 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Hi step u are more than the nolly wood star as I thought. Those proverbs are hard nice one

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    January 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Here’s one..
    Sufri sufri catch monkey. –
    Be patient in what ever u want to do.

    Monkey de work, baboon de chop.

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    aniekwe gabriel
    January 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Carry me, I carry you na I’m make rice full pot. Meaning; there’s strenght in unity

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    No matter how yansh smart reach… Breast dey first am enter house ….meaning…what will be will be

    No akpere (basket) for rotten mangoes .. Meaning..No time for irrelevant things

    Na from clap dem dey enter dance… careful one act can lead to a regretful end

    Na wetin u look troway face your neighbour take pass you…meaning don’t overlook everything, it might be your success in disguise

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Leg wey dey waka kurukere eyes wey dey waka kurukere dey see am. Meaning nothing is hidden under the sun.

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    ini asuquo
    January 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Hahahahahaha dis is so funny, craze no hard to form, na the trekking be wahala.

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      January 8, 2015 at 12:56 am

      Gimme yansh make I do small no mean say I sell ma yansh gi u

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    kwadwo asare safo
    January 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    na waaoo nice proverbs. like them all

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    January 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Na cooperation dey make rice full pot

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    January 11, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Ohkpolo eyes nor b open eyes . . Meaning : big eyes no mean say u wise. . .
    I love them all

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    Joel Ryan-Brew
    March 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Nigerians go kill us with their Pidgin Proverb oooo
    I like all of them.
    keep it up

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    May 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Pikin wei go well, go well.
    Meaning- wat’ll be, will be….

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      The palace
      June 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Fly no dey smell something make e troway eye

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        The palace
        June 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        One does not test the depth of a river with both feet

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    May 13, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Monkey smart monkey smart, na bcus tree near tree…..

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    May 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Na good morning dey result to how are you………..

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    October 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Na fowl wer never see knife de disturb crowd…

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    February 5, 2016 at 12:18 am

    It will be killer and a chiller when i got the Gorilla in Manila

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    February 5, 2016 at 12:22 am

    If I die im save if I’m alive i’m not save

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    July 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Na too much brother gud morning da course brother were u da go=over similarity/closness can cuss insult

    person da big pass madam put rice one meat=we do upgrade

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    January 19, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    ogoro and water get same color but na deir action diffrent

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    July 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Chicken wey run way from Borno go Ibadan no wan make boko haram kill am nd im no wan end up for sambisa forest…………..keep helping Nigerians in laughing away their sorrows

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    Remi Rahmon
    September 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Person wey dey cut onions and person wey dey use wet wood dey make fire na dis same problem dem face. Means everybody wit his/her own cross

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    Mr trump
    September 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    If fowl use as em tke dey shit dey clean yanch person no fr dey see road waka.

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    October 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    e go beter e go beter na him make omo igbo day kano.meaning to be a man is not eazy

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    January 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    ths proverbs over make sence abeg..
    na dis kind tin der make person laugh for serious situation

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    May 19, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Abeg pls Biko shift lemme faint….I can’t stop laughing

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