Category: Culture

  Yorùbá:  Ti wọn bá ni ẹran oniwo ni yóò kan lágbájá pa, bí ti ìgbín kọ́.   English:  That a horned animal will knock a person to death, is not an animal like snail.   Usage:  It is used…

    Yorùbá:  Ẹni tó ni fìlà kò lóri, ẹni tó lóri kó ni fìlà.   English:  The person who has cap has no head, and the one who has head has no cap.   Usage:  It is used to…

  Yorùbá:  Ẹni nwá orí ahun, tí nwá ẹsẹ̀ ahun, odi-n-di ahun ni yóò rà.   English:  He who is looking for the head of a tortoise, and also looking for the legs of a tortoise will better buy a…

  Yorùbá:  Ẹni iyá rẹ̀ ò ta asọ, yóò ta nǹkan míì.   English:  He whose mother does not sell clothes, will sell other things.   Usage:  It is used to express the fact that everybody is unique in their…

  Yorùbá:  Egbèje ìràwọ̀, kò le mọ́lẹ̀ t’ósùpá. English:  One thousand and four hundred stars can not illuminate as moon. Usage:  This proverb is used to boast of one’s healthiness. PS: Need Yoruba language services?  Contact us.

Yorùbá:  Eégún nlá ní í gbẹ̀hìn ìgbàlẹ̀ English:  The lead masquerade leaves the grove last. Usage:  It is used to show that the head is honoured last and best.  

  Yorùbá:  Ọmọ ti kò le rákòrò ni’lé kò le ni le rìn l’ájò. English:. A child that cannot crawl at home will not be able to walk in foreign land. Usage:.  It is used to show that charity begins…

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…

Yorùbá:  Èniyàn kì í yà’gbẹ si ibi ti yó ó sùn. English:  One does not defeacate where one will sleep. Usage:   This proverb is used as a warning against unhealthy behavior towards one’s associates, households, or business.  This is because…

GREETINGS – PART II Greetings in Yoruba land is not limited to morning alone. It takes place at other periods of the day, week, month or year. Please find below example of exchange of greetings between a child and an…