200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings

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220. A dog knows the places he is thrown at food. ~ Acholi Proverb

221. One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others. ~ African Proverb

222. Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. ~ Ibo Proverb

223. The man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine. ~ Yoruba Proverb

224. He who doesn’t clean his mouth before breakfast always complains that the food is sour. ~ African Proverb

225. The hyena with a cub does not consume all the available food. ~ Akamba Proverb

226. When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

227. What one won’t eat by itself, one will eat when mixed with other food. ~ Bantu & Lamba Proverb

228. Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. ~ Haussa Proverb

229. No one gets a mouthful of food by picking between another person’s teeth. ~ Igbo Proverb

230. It is not the cook’s fault when the cassava turns out to be hard and tasteless. ~ Ewe Proverb

231. A housewife who complains that there is not enough foodstuff in the market should remember that if her husband adds to what is already available, there would be more for everyone. ~ Nigerian Proverb

232. A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. ~African Proverb
If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ~ Mauritanian, Nigerian, and Niger Proverb

233. Those who are at one regarding food are at one in life. ~ Malawian Proverb

234. Fine words do not produce food. ~ Nigerian Proverb

235. Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. ~ African Proverb

236. If I could see your face, I would not need food. ~ Amharic Proverb

237. If you find no fish, you have to eat bread. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

238. War is not porridge. ~ Gikuyu Proverb

239. The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

240. Slowly, slowly, porridge goes into the gourd. ~ Kuria People of Kenya & Tanzania

241. One shares food, not words. ~ Somali Proverb

242. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. ~ South African Proverb

243. Nature gave us two cheeks instead of one to make it easier to eat hot food. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

244. A patient that can swallow food makes the nurse doubtful. ~ Malagasy Proverb

245. If you give bad food to your stomach, it drums for you to dance. ~ African Proverb

246. A bad cook also has his/her share of the bad food. ~ African Proverb

247. The forest provides food to the hunter after he is utterly exhausted. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb

248. Things are to be tried, an old lady cooked stones and they produced soup. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb

249. You cannot tell a hungry child that you gave him food yesterday. ~ Zimbabwean Proverb

250. Good music goes with good food. ~ African Proverb

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251. Rich people cook their food in a potsherd. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

252. However little food we have, we’ll share it even if it’s only one locust. ~ Malagasy Proverb

253. Water is colorless and tasteless but you can live on it longer than eating food. ~ African Proverb

254. Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

255. The food eaten first lasts longest in the stomach. ~ Kikuyu Proverb

256. When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. ~ Zambian Proverb

257. Happiness is as good as the food. ~ Maasai Proverb

258. Good words are food, bad words poison. ~ Malagasy Proverb

259. The goat says: “Where there is blood, there is plenty of food.” ~ Ghanaian Proverb

260. If you see a man in a gown eating with a man in rags, the food belongs to the latter. ~ Fulani Proverb

261. They ate our food and forgot our names. ~ Tunisian Proverb

262. An abundance of food at your neighbour’s will not satisfy your hunger. ~ Bayaka Proverb

263. The food you will not eat you do not boil. ~ African Proverb

So, there you go. These are all the noteworthy African proverbs there is. Let us know in the comments down below which ones were your favorites!


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200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings
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200+ Best African Proverbs And Wise Sayings

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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