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. INFORMATION NIGERIA has put together 14 of them, you have probably heard of but has never actually asked what the meaning is…
– Today’s newspaper na tomorrow Suya wrap.
Translation: Keep calm! Nothing lasts forever.
– 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 wey dey in a hurry to go America go come back as corn beef
If mad man don beat ur mama before, if she see mechanic she go run
Translation: Once beaten twice shy
I get am before no be property
Translation: Stop living in the past, focus on the present.
No matter how hot your tempa be, e no fit boil beans:
Translation: A bad temper would no good to an already bad situation.
Every mallam with em own kettle, every aboki with him own radio
Translation: Every man for himself
Opolo eye no be open eye
Translation: Just becasue you have big eyes doesn’t mean you are wise or smart
Soup wey sweet na money kill am
Translation: Luxury isn’t cheap
Leave trash for LAWMA
Translation: Give every man his dues
The difference between kpekere and plantain chips na packaging:
Translation: Don’t judge based on appearance alone
Na from clap dem dey take enter dance:
Translation: Every great achivement starts from somewhere.
Bring suya, bring suya, na cow body dey suffer am
Translation: Every action has a consequence
Corny man die corny man bury man:
Translation: When a cheater is cheated by another cheater
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