The list of exciting proverbs in the Cameroonian language is enormous, comprising more than two hundred and forty unique quotes. These are generally referred to as folk sayings and are grouped according to their topicality or relevancy. A few other sayings that can be found in the vocabulary of the Cameroons are ‘the grass is always greener on the other side,’ ‘the evening is a time for learning new things,’ ‘if you have a will to learn, the world is your oyster,’ and ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.
Sayings and quotes of Cameroonia
About Cameroonian Proverbs
Many of the most popular and most well-known phrases and sayings in the language are initially British originating. There is no better example of that than in the Cameroonian Proverb. This adage essentially says, “The people of Britain are forever improving.” Indeed, it would appear to be an eternal affirmation of improvement, progress, and the ability of man to improve upon himself.
The expression has been around for a long time and has recently been used by the band Muse. Muse is from Scotland, and their song “Belly Dance” contains the chorus, “We are the people of celluloid.” So yes, the phrase refers specifically to the culture in which they reside, but the origin is almost certainly Briton. Many other common variations of this saying: “Nemo est enlige,” which means “not yet equal.”
These are very common Cameroonian Proverbs, which Cameroonians often quote. Another variation of this idiom is “quod vide, sed et exercise,” which means “let us exercise and see.” This idiom is prevalent in the United Kingdom and has even made its way into the dictionary under the similar heading, “exercise.”