Welcome to day 11 of the winter blogging challenge.

Today we are to share 5 proverbs in our vernacular and what they mean. I am from Nigeria and will be sharing five Hausa wisdom proverbs and their meaning.


Proverb 1| Gishiri na yi wa man kaɗe dariyar rana, ran da ruwa ya zo gishiri ya ji kunya.

Literal meaning: Salt laughs at shea butter while the sun shines, but when the rain comes, it is ashamed.

Explanation: Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses. In one field, a person can excel and in another, that same person can be a flop. E.g. – You can be a whiz in Math, but when it comes to Economics, you’re as clueless as ever

Proverb 2| Idan angulu ta biya maka maradi, zabuwa ta tafi da zanenta.

Literal meaning: if the vulture fulfils your desire, the guinea fowl will pass you by.

Explanation: In other words, if you are satisfied with mediocrity, success will have nothing to do with you.

Proverb 3| Idan ruwa ya zubar, ya bar tulu, ya yi kyau.

Literal meaning: Even if the water is spilled, if the jar is not broken, there is no harm.

Explanation: Don’t cry over spilled milk. Do not fret over situations that are beyond your control.

Proverb 4| Ruwa baya tsamin banza

Meaning: Water doesn’t get sour without a cause

Everything happens for a reason

Proverb 5| Makaho ya rasa ido, ya ce ido na wari.

Literal meaning: The blind man who lacks eyes says that eyes stink.

Explanation: Don’t condemn the usefulness of something simply because you don’t have it.

Let’s keep the conversation going in the comment section. Let me about proverbs in your vernacular and the meaning.

Thank you for reading.

Love Veronica

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