Proverbs are wholesome sayings with profound meanings. They are at the core of Yoruba culture.
The use of proverbs are common with the elders in the society during discussions among themselves, or when talking to the young ones. The young ones listen, and learn from them; but they are not expected to use proverbs while talking to elders, without acknowledging them (elders). Otherwise, it is regarded as an affront or disrespect of the elders.
Proverbs are difficult to use or interpret, unless you are a native speaker.
Yoruba proverbs are used for several purposes including the following:
Therefore, I will be sharing Yoruba proverbs with you on this page regularly, in order to enrich your understanding of the language.
Let’s begin with this:
Yorùbá: Ìgbà ti a bá rira ẹni lòwúrọ̀ ẹni.
English: Whenever we see each other is our morning.
Usage: It is used to explain the fact that we start our assignment as soon as we meet.