The axiom that African proverbs are embedded in oral literature that has been handed down from generation to generation is slowly but surely being debunked in Nollywood movies, the Nigerian version of Hollywood.
The English dictionary tells us that a proverb is ‘‘a short generally known sentence of the folk which contains wisdom, truth, morals, fixed and memorisable, which is handed down from generation to generation’’.
With the booming Nigerian movie industry second only to US-based Hollywood, Nigerian actors and actresses are making names for themselves.
One of them is Pete Edochie, a onetime broadcaster who has now successfully curved out a niche for himself in Nollywood by dint of his wit and craft.
Edochie is not the only Nigerian actor or actress known for using proverbs.
But what stands out in his coinage is their aptness well tailored to sum up modern day life exigencies.
Some fans and twitter followers have even ventured to compare Pete Edochie to the biblical wise sayings of King Solomon.
Hear him ‘No African girl will choose Six packs over six Cars’.
This is a summation of our society characterized by greed and materialism.
This saying would have been meaningless and out of context three to four decades ago. Girls in other parts of the world might fall for men with six pack, but in Africa, the story is different.
This partly explains why Edoche meticulously tailor’s his rich repertoire of proverbs to fit within the confines of Nigeria society in particular and Africa in general.
We went through Pete Edoche’s repertoire of proverbs and handpicked a salient few for our listeners and readers to savour. Have a read
No matter the ingredients used, the stew of a wicked woman is always bitter.
Before you agree to date a widow, you must first find out what killed her husband.
If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a bodyguard.
When a goat laughs upon hearing that lion is around, One needs to find out what type of grass it has been eating.
When adults decide to act like idiots, the children sit back and laugh.
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
If a snake does not act like a snake, little children will use it to tie firewood.
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.
A rich man’s lie is trusted more than a poor man’s truth.
If a Donkey kicks you and you kick back, you are both Donkeys.
When a girl has beauty without Brains, the Private parts suffer the most.
A fool has to say something. A wise man has something to say.
Fake hair, fake nails, fake eye lash, artificial face and sometimes fake behavior, yet a woman will say she needs a real man.
Never open the door for an Armed Robber, let them break it, it’s part of their Job.
Kindness is like butter, it works best when you spread it around.
When a fight is prevented, the coward starts to boast.
The walls don’t only have ears, they now see.
If the wisdom of a child fills a basket, you must add things to the basket to make it contain the elder’s wisdom as well.
Sometimes you have to play the role of a fool to fool the fools who think they are fooling you.
If your religion requires that you hate someone, you need a new religion.
Only cowards hide behind social media to say jargons.
A woman who runs holding her breast has got nothing pursuing her.
If a young woman says no to marriage just wait until her breasts sag
A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.
Never compare your love story with those in the movies, because they are written by scriptwriters. Yours is written by God.
A woman’s greatest perfume is the fragrance of her man’s success.
A woman who bends over and exposes her buttocks to other women in the market sells her husband’s respect
Girls are like mangoes, while you are waiting for them to be ripe, others are eating them with salt.
Whoever presents his own head to break coconut would not be able to partake in the eating of it
No matter how sharp your tooth are, you cannot bite water.
Drinking garri doesn’t mean you’re poor but allowing it to swell before drinking is poverty.
The thief, who finds no opportunity to steal, considers himself an honest man.
A man who hangs around a beautiful girl without saying a word ends up fetching water for guests at her wedding.
Having a female as a Best friend is like having Chicken for a pet, You will eat it some day.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.
No matter how deaf a man is, he will always hear the announcement of a free food.
No matter how big a nipple is, it can never get bigger than the breast.
There is no god like one’s stomach, we must sacrifice to it every day.
A set of white teeth is not an assurance of a pure heart.
Common Sense is not a gift, it’s a Punishment because you still have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.
The anger of a penis doesn’t destroy the vagina.
When you see a woman sitting with her legs open, never you tell her to close them, because you do not know her source of fresh air.
No matter how tall you are, you can never see tomorrow.
The animal who wants to mate with the lion, Must Die For love.
No Matter how Big the Nose is… It Can Never Smell Danger.
However kind a man is, he would never give his wife as a gift to friends.
If she uses a toothpick after drinking tea… Run For Your Life.