Nigeria is a Country rich in ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Igbo tribe located to the Eastern part of the country have a proverb that says "Egbe bere Ugo bere, nke si ibeya ebele, nku kwa ya" which some might interprete to mean "Live and Let Live".
This interpretation is somewhat accurate If you are looking for a quick summary but I consider that interpretation to be more concise with the Igbo saying "Ibiri kam biri".
Above: The EAGLE At Rest And In Flight
Now, If you are looking for a deeper meaning to this proverb, here is my attempt at interpreting this beautifully crafted proverb and breaking it down so that people from other Background. Ehnicity, Tribe, Country can understand the richness of the Igbo language.
Here we go:
The Egbe (Hawk) is rumoured to be jealous of the Ugo (Eagle) because even the smallest sized Ugo (Eagle) is known to have a more direct, faster flight, relatively longer and more evenly broad wings than the Egbe (Hawk).
Above: The Hawk In Flight And At Rest
The proverb is a call to put jealosy to rest and asking both bird specie to live and let the other live; in harmony. In Pidgin English, we say "waka your own, make me sef waka my own - make God bless each person hustle" but in any case where one of the specie decides they don't want the other to live in peace, may their feathers be paralyzed so the other
can live freely.
This proverb can be a blessing or a curse depending on which side of the fence you choose to sit