200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings

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African Proverbs On Love And Marriage

172. He who loves the vase loves also what is inside. ~ African proverb

173. It’s much easier to fall in love than to stay in love. ~ African proverb

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174. Coffee and love taste best when hot. ~ Ethiopian proverb

175. Where there is love there is no darkness. ~ Burundian proverb

176. If you are ugly you must either learn to dance or make love. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb

177. Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you. ~ African proverb

178. To love the king is not bad, but a king who loves you is better. ~ Wolof proverb

179. A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries. ~ African proverb

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180. If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is. ~ Egyptian proverb

181. Love never gets lost, it’s only kept. ~ African proverb

182. Never marry a woman who has bigger feet than you. ~ Mozambique proverb

183. One thread for the needle, one love for the heart. ~ Sudanese proverb

184. Love has to be shown by deeds not words. ~ Swahili proverb

185. Love is a despot who spares no one. ~ Namibian proverb

186. Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside. ~ Ghanaian proverb

African Proverbs on Patience

187. Patience is the key that solves all problems. ~ Sudanese proverb

188. Hurry, hurry has no blessings. ~ Swahili proverb

189. Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~ Bantu proverb

190. To run is not necessarily to arrive. ~ Swahili proverb

191. Patience can cook a stone. ~ African proverb

192. A patient man will eat ripe fruit. ~ African proverb

193. At the bottom of patience, one finds heaven. ~ African proverb

194. A patient person never misses a thing. ~ Swahili proverb

195. Patience puts a crown on the head. ~ Ugandan proverb

196. Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~ Swahili proverb

197. Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. ~ Ibo proverb

198. However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African proverb (personal favorite!)

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African Proverbs on Food

199. As porridge benefits those who heat and eat it, so does a child benefit those that rear it. ~Amharic Proverb

200. The forest not only hides man’s enemies but it’s full of man’s medicine, healing power, and food. ~ African Proverb

201. One person is a thin porridge; two or three people are a lump of ugali. ~ Kuria Proverb

202. The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied. ~ African Proverb

203. Wine, women, and food give gladness to the heart. ~ Ancient Egyptian Proverb

204. The food that is in the mouth is not yet in the belly. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

205. You cannot work for food when there is no food for work. ~ African Proverb

206. The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. ~ Bayombe Proverb

207. He who eats another man’s food will have his own food eaten by others. ~ Swahili Proverb

208. Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with gravel in his mouth. ~ African Proverb

209. No partridge scratches the ground in search of food for another. ~ Xhosa Proverb

210. The grasshopper which is always near its mother eats the best food. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

211. Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth. ~ Malagasy Proverb

212. Rich people sometimes eat bad food. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

213. The impotent man does not eat spicy foods. ~ Congolese Proverb

214. You should know what’s being cooked in the kitchen otherwise you might eat the forbidden food. ~ African Proverb

215. When the leg does not walk, the stomach does not eat. ~ Mongo (Congolese) Proverb

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216. A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

217. One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food. ~ Angolan Proverb

218. Cooked food is not sold for goats. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

219. The mouth is stupid after eating it forgets who gave it the food. ~ African Proverb

7 thoughts on “200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings”

  1. Add up this from Somalia
    No man gets stupefied by the stone he threw.
    Meaning that no one gets shocked by the consequences of his past deeds.

  2. Some needed to be interpreted, but most gave new zing to some old sayings we know from different contexts. Fun to hear truth in a new way to make it fresh.

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