This is very close to the Biblical worldview as seen in scripture texts related to unity and cooperation (Ecclesiastes 4:9,12) and a mother's self-sacrificing love (Isaiah -16).The multiple uses of this Nigerian proverb show the timeliness and relevancy of African proverbs in today's world.
The military ruled Nigeria between 19 and from 1983 to 1999, but if anything, corruption was worse when they were in charge since they had a habit of killing anyone threatening to expose them.
Three years ago, when Nigerian actress Afrocandy released her sexually explicit film Destructive Instinct, she was quick to insist that her movie was not pornographic.
In an interview in the Nigerian newspaper The Vanguard, Afrocandy said, "The only request I have to anybody who calls me a porn star is that they should please show me any porn movie I've done before, because I haven't seen my porn before." Fast-forward a couple of years and Afrocandy can actually now claim the 'porn star' label.
And if sex sells, it also definitely draws a crowd.
Followers of these Twitter sites range from the thousands to the tens of thousands.
In 1996 Hillary Clinton, the wife of the President of the United States, published a book on children and family values entitled "It Takes a Village" based on this proverb.