Love does not miss its way home
Those led by love will never lose their way.
Literally: Love is death.
Alternatively, this may be interpreted as “Love is unto death.”
To love someone is to be prepared to die for the person. This fits perfectly with the Christian idea that there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends.
In marriage, odo ye owu could mean that marriage is for life and that only death is permitted to separate the lovers.
Some people call their lovers odo ye owu to signify that they truly love them and, perhaps, are prepared to go to any length for their sake.
Literally: It is the water (river) that loves you that enters your pot.
This may refer to water entering into a pot when one uses it to fetch water from a river or stream. Presumably, if the water does not love you it will not enter your pot.
In reference to lovers, this could mean that if someone loves you he would propose to you or that if someone loves you he will come to you or be involved in your affairs.
Literally: It is when a woman loves you that she spends your money.
Though it may be painful to have your money spent buy another, it may be a sign of love for somebody to bother you in this fashion. A woman who does not love you does not want to have anything to do with you, not to talk of spending your money so you feel she has somehow committed herself to a relationship. In this regard, the proverb is similar to the saying that “Se Nyame do wo a na oso wo hwe,” literally, “It is when God loves you that he tests you.” Yes, testing may be difficult, but God does not bother to test those he doesn’t care about.
Literally: It is when somebody loves you that he comes to your house.