The eye of a crow boiled at the new moon brings good luck for the New Year. Nigerian  history of luck attributed to animals often has much to do with how they look.  The tortoise, for instance, is considered wise due to its wrinkled appearance.  However, the level of luck attached to animals emerges too from folklore.  For example, a vulture is considered bad luck thanks to a story of a monarch who quit after receiving a letter dropped off by the bird.

African Proverbs:

Bad luck for one man is good luck for another. 

He who moves with each day is better than another who waits for luck.

The worm that exposes itself on the ground is waiting for a lucky bird to devour it.

When bad luck chooses you as a companion, even a ripe banana can remove your teeth.

Don't travel under another's lucky star. -Swahili proverb

What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another. -Ashanti Proverb

When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. -Zambian Proverb

If the palm of the hand itches it signifies

the coming of great luck.- Lesotho Proverb

It is the fortunate person that the physician

undertakes to help. -Nigerian Proverb

That which brings misfortune is not big.- Nigerian Proverb

Every misfortune is a blessing. -African Proverb

One who causes others misfortune also

teaches them wisdom. -African Proverb

The blindness of that one is his good fortune.- Swahili Proverb

Misfortune does not restrict his visits to one day. -Ghanaian Proverb


Stolen things bring in misfortune. -Kikuyu Proverb

The bad luck that comes into town does not wear a turban.-Beninese Proverb


When I think of the other’s misfortunes, I forget mine. -Algerian Proverb

You cannot take away someone's luck. -Kenyan Proverb

The hyena said, "It is not only that I have luck,

but my leg is strong."- Masai Proverb


The lucky eagle kills a mouse that has eaten salt.-Ugandan Proverb

Muhacha is one of the trees considered sacred in Zimbabwe. It is a big tree with ever dark green leaves and oval fruits. The use of Muhacha tree as a good luck charm can be traced back to ancestral times. Muhacha is believed to protect against people and homesteads who have evil spirits


In modern parlance, juju is often linked with good or bad luck as a result of a good or bad action.  It also talks of the spell that can be cast on an object or into a potion. The traditional definition of juju is the deliberate infusing of magical powers.

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