African Quotes on Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He who eats another mans food will have his own food eaten by others. ~Swahili Proverb

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

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

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

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

Rich people sometimes eat bad food. ~Kikuyu Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

Cooked food is not sold for goats. ~Kikuyu Proverb

The mouth is stupid after eating it forgets who gave it the food. ~African Proverb
A dog knows the places he is thrown food. ~Acholi Proverb

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

Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. ~Ibo Proverb
The man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine. ~Yoruba Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian Proverb

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

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

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

War is not porridge. ~Gikuyu Proverb

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

Slowly, slowly, porridge goes into the gourd. ~Kuria People of Kenyan & Tanzania
One shares food not words. ~Somali Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good music goes with good food. ~African Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happiness is as good as food. ~Maasai Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

Food you will not eat you do not boil. ~African Proverb