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Igbo Idiom of the week

Year 2011



Week:  31 - 35



Igbo:

"Otu Osisi anaghị eme Okeọhịa."


English (Literally):

"A single tree cannot make a mighty forest."







Week:  25 - 30



Igbo:

"Agwọ loro ibe ya na-enwe ọdụ abụọ."


English (Literally):

"The snake that swallows another will have two tails."







Week:  23 - 24



Igbo:

"Uche bụ akpa, onye obụla bu nke ya."


English (Literally):

"Wisdom is like a bag, everyone carries one."







Week:  21 - 22



Igbo:

"Ihe fọrọ otu agwụla agwụ."


English (Literally):

"Anything that remains a step to end is almost over."







Week:  19 - 20



Igbo:

"Mmiri anaghi eri onye obula nke o na-ahughi ukwu ya."


English (Literally):

"No body sinks in water without first coming in contact with the water."







Week:  17 - 18



Igbo:

"Onye amaghị ebe mmiri bidoro mawa ya, agaghị ama ebe ọnọ wee kwụsị."


English (Literally):

"Anyone that cannot tell from where rain started falling on him/her, can eventually, also not tell where he/she was when the rain stopped."







Week:  15 - 16



Igbo:

"Ọkọ kọba mmadụ, ọ gakwuru mmadụ ibe ya, ma n`ọkọ kọba anụ, ọchọba osisi!"


English (Literally):

"If a human being feels like scratching where it is difficult to reach, he/she looks for a fellow human being, but when an animal feels like scraching, it looks for a tree!"







Week:  13 - 14



Igbo:

"Nwata kwo aka ya, osoru okenye rie nri!"


English (Literally):

"A young person can eat with elders, if he/she washes his/her hands!"







Week:  11 - 12



Igbo:

"Oburu na emee nwata ka emere ibe ya obi ga adi ya nma!"


English (Literally):

"If a child is treated like other children, this child will be happy!"







Week:  9 - 10



Igbo:

"Acho ba mma ekwu, agwo oha ihe eriri n'abali!"


English (Literally):

"When you start looking for your kitchen knife, you will inform the public of what you ate last night!"







Week:  8



Igbo:

"Oburu na Nne bu igwe, ndi uzu akpuo ya!"


English (Literally):

"if mother is iron, the blacksmith will make a copy of her!"







Week:  6 - 7



Igbo:

"A na-akwa akwa ndi oke tagbulu, ngwere ewere nnu na-eso eze ha!"


English (Literally):

"While we mourn those who died from rat bites, lizards sharpen their teeth with salt!"







Week:  4 - 5



Igbo:

"Were ire guo eze gi onu abughi na o nwere nke na efu efu!"


English (Literally):

"To count your teeth with your tongue does not mean that any of your teeth is missing!"







Week:  1 - 3



Igbo:

"Onye buru chi ya uzo, o gbagbue onwe ya n'oso!"


English (Literally):

"He who walks before his godly guardian does the race of his life!"







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