Last night Iris, reading a book on French linguistics, came upon the word "tigritude." She asked me what it meant, and I Googled it. I came upon several references to a "Nigerian Proverb" stating that, "Un tigre ne proclame pas sa tigritude." (A tiger does not declare/proclaim/shout his tigritude.)
This stuck me as a useful saying, but something about it wasn't quite right. It took me until just now to remember. There are no tigers in Africa. Haven't been for at least a million years. Either that saying was handed down from before the time Homo sapiens existed, or it isn't a traditional saying from Nigeria.
I looked it up again, in more detail, and it is actually a quote, from the Nigerian author Wole Soyinka, whom Iris of course has read but I had never heard of.
It is funny how many people, including "proverb dictionaries" have labeled various versions of it as traditional Nigerian wisdom. Is "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," an ancient Russian proverb?