Ila is a language spoken by 106,000 people in Zambia, formerly called Northern Rhodesia.
- Kula-kula, vu.
- Translation: To clean the beak by rubbing it on the ground.
- English equivalent: The remedy is often worse than the disease; Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse.
- Meaning: The effect of a treatment or bodily enhancement, whether pharmaceutical or not, whether a household remedy or professional-ordained, is often worse than what it was intended to cure or alleviate.
- Source for meaning and proverb: G. Fowler, Dennis (2000). A Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 311.
- Ndaakusamine ceci cicona nicibiya, kufumba umbili oobaka
- Translation: I have put these ugly skins on, but at least they cover my body.
- English equivalent: Make do with what you have.
- Meaning: Though what you may use may seem ugly, it still performs its original purpose.
- Source for meaning and proverb: G. Fowler, Dennis (2000). A Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 22.