Did you just plate an epic African dish? I share caption ideas and quotes about my favorite cuisine of all time to describe the dish.

African food rocks.

African Food Captions

  • Good food never tasted this good.
  • There’s nothing like home-cooked African food.
  • Miss your work, but don’t miss this African cuisine.
  • Great food favors the hungry heart.
  • African food is not a cuisine, it’s a cultural adventure.
  • If you want to take me on a date, bring me African food.
  • All you need is love… and African food.
  • Home is where African food is.
  • If it’s African food then I love it.
  • You know what looks good with me? African food.
  • African food is not just a cuisine, it’s an experience.
  • If you’re wondering where to take me out, take me to a place with lots of African food.
  • African food is all I need in all my blues.
  • I followed my heart and it led me to African food.
  • I act like I’m ok, but deep down I want African food.
  • I make African food disappear, what’s your superpower?
  • Good African food, good friends, good memories.
  • There’s no greater feeling in the whole world than warm African food on the table.
  • I just don’t want to look back and think, “I could’ve eaten that African food.”
  • Keep a fork in hand, just in case there’s African food.
  • African food is the answer. Who cares what the question is?
  • That feeling you get in your stomach when you see African food.
  • Happy as long as there’s African food.
  • Today is a good day for African food.
  • Eating African food is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing more is blissful.

African Quotes

“You can no longer see or identify yourself solely as a member of a tribe, but as a citizen of a nation of one people working toward a common purpose.” Idowu koyenikan

“Africa is one continent, one people and one nation” – Kwame Nkrumah

“Happily, there’s a reversal of the brain drain occurring in Ghana now. We’re seeing a lot of – actually in Africa – we’re seeing a lot of African professionals, you know, returning to the continent to contribute their quota.” – John Dramani Mahama

“Ethnic differences exist; of course, they exist on the African continent. They are not necessarily political differences, however. They don’t necessarily cause people to kill each other. They become so-called ‘tribalism’ when they are politicized in a particular framework. And in post-independence Africa, they have been politicized largely by sections of the so-called African elite.” – Walter Rodney

“The concern around probable questions, which in a sense have been hidden, will grow around the world and the matter is critical, the reason we are doing all this is so we can respond correctly to what is reported to be a major catastrophe on the African continent.” – Thabo Mbeki

“I was going to save the world, and I thought I would start with the African continent.” – Jacqueline Novogratz

“You go to conferences, and your fellow African intellectuals – and even heads of state – they all say: ‘Nigeria is a big disappointment. It is the shame of the African continent.'” – Wole Soyinka

“The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African Continent” – Kwame Nkrumah

“Until all Africans stand and speak as free human beings, equal in the eyes of the Almighty; until that day, the African continent shall not know peace.” – Haile Selassie

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“As an artist, it’s a great opportunity to play a character like this [Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland]. And then, as a person, I had never been to the African continent. So, I knew, personally, it would reshape me.” – Forest Whitaker

“The African is my brother but he is my younger brother by several centuries.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Africa for the Africans… at home and abroad!” – Marcus Garvey

“First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that.” – Carlos Santana

“History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity.” – Haile Selassie

“My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.” – Barack Obama

“African women, in general, need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.” – Wangari Maathai

“Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I’m Nigerian. I’m African. I have a lot to say. Apart from what I say, though, is the feeling. People can relate to that feeling. It’s a reciprocal relationship. They feed off me and I feed off them.” – Burna Boy

“The people and the cultures of what is known as Africa are older than the word ‘Africa.’ According to most records, old and new, Africans are the oldest people on the face of the earth. The people now called Africans not only influenced the Greeks and the Romans, they influenced the early world before there was a place called Europe.” – John Henrik Clarke

“An old African leader says about leadership, he says that leadership should never be shared; it should always remain in the hands of the dispossessed people. We will lead the revolution.” – H. Rap Brown

“I am proud to be an African.” – Brenda Fassie

“I was born in South Africa during apartheid, a system of laws that made it illegal for people to mix in South Africa. And this was obviously awkward because I grew up in a mixed family. My mother’s a black woman, a South African Xhosa woman… and my father’s Swiss, from Switzerland.” – Trevor Noah

“Europe became rich because it exploited Africa; and the Africans know that.” – Desmond Tutu

“Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.” – Muhammad Ali

“An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.” – Haile Selassie

African Food Quotes

“I love African food, I love Italian food, but I rarely eat Italian out because it’s so easy to make at home. On the other hand, unless you have specialized equipment, Chinese food is really tough because you literally can’t get the pan hot enough.” – Robert Sietsema

“Food historian Jessica B. Harris says African American cuisine is simply what black people ate. When I think about what my family ate, we ate what people think of as soul food on special occasions, on holidays, but our typical diet was leafy greens and nutrients and tubers – food that was as fresh as being harvested right before our meal. Whatever was in season, that’s what we were eating. It was being harvested right from our backyard.” – Bryant Terry

“The motto of West African cooking is that if the food doesn’t set fire to the tablecloth the cook is being stingy with the pepper.” – Ben Aaronovitch

“The core cuisine of Southern food is established in the plantation South, within the world of slavery. To understand the plantation table, we must understand the relationship of enslaved people to Africa, to historical trauma, and their central role in food production. Their voice is the most poignant, expressive voice in Southern cuisine.” – Marcie Cohen Ferris

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

“No partridge scratches the ground in search of food for another.” – Xhosa Proverb

“Water is colorless and tasteless but you can live on it longer than eating food.” – African Proverb

“The impotent man does not eat spicy food.” – Congolese Proverb

“Your food is supposed to be your medicine and your medicine is supposed to be your food.” – African Proverb

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

“The mouth is stupid after eating it forgets who gave it the food.” – African Proverb

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

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

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

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

“When the leg does not walk, the stomach does not eat.” – Mongo (Congolese) Proverb

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

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

“Good music goes with good food.” – African Proverb

“Cooked food is not sold for goats.” – Kikuyu 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

“Even the best cooking pot will not produce food.” – African Proverb

“The hyena with a cub does not consume all the available food.” – Akamba Proverb

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

Rice and meat.

Jollof Rice Captions

  • There’s no rice like jollof rice!
  • Life is short, have a jollof rice.
  • It’s Friday jollof rice day!
  • Rice never tasted this good.
  • Share it with your friends!
  • Just a piece of advice, eat jollof rice now.
  • Hmmm, the smell of jollof rice in the morning.
  • Jollof rice, the sincerest way to say good morning!
  • Who would you have rice with?
  • Jollof rice, it’s as simple as that!
  • My heart is full of jollof rice.
  • Extra jollof rice, please!
  • It’s good to eat the best!
  • Wrapped up with jollof rice.
  • The place to get jollof rice.
  • There is no life without jollof rice.
  • Give that man a jollof rice.
  • You know when it’s jollof rice.
  • It’s a healthy future.
  • Make someone happy with a jollof rice.
  • Let the world know about jollof rice.
  • Everyday life can be beautiful with jollof rice!
  • It’s time to rise with jollof rice!
  • It’s all about jollof rice.
  • I wouldn’t leave the house without eating jollof rice.

African Food Hashtags

  • #soulfood
  • #jollofrice
  • #lekker
  • #africanfoodyummy
  • #africanfoodislife
  • #AfricanFoodDelights
  • #africanfoodie
  • #grinds
  • #poptart
  • #foodafrican
  • #southafricanfood
  • #africansoulfood
  • #africantraditionalfood
  • #africanhomefood
  • #africandiasporafood
  • #africanfusionfood
  • #foodblogafricang
  • #africanfoodchallenge
  • #africanfoodrecipes
  • #africanfoodlover
  • #africanfoodgram
  • #tastyafricanfood
  • #africanfoodculture
  • #veganafricanfood
  • #healthyafricanfood

African Food Slogans

  • African food makes your day.
  • Beyond food, it’s an experience.
  • A culinary innovative vision.
  • Food made for the Gods.
  • The joy and taste on earth.
  • Give me that African food.
  • Get more from life.
  • Because every cuisine has a story.
  • African food satisfies the mind.
  • The food for everyone.
  • African food is the buzz.
  • African food is the real winner.

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  • Everything is simple with African food.
  • Say it with African food.
  • The African food spirit.
  • Food inspired.
  • African food is unique to every other food.
  • Make it an African food night.
  • The magic of African food.
  • I like the African food in you.
  • It must be African food.
  • See the world with African food.
  • I’m lovin’ African food.
  • The art of African food.
  • African food, there’s no better way.

Fufu Captions

    • Life’s not fun without fufu.
    • Fufu groove.
    • Everyone’s favorite fufu.
    • No fufu, no comment.
    • Thank God, it’s fufu day!
    • I saw fufu and I thought of you.
    • Nothing does it like fufu.
    • Fufu is scrumptious!
    • Fufurific.
    • Two fufus are better than one.
    • A fufu is forever.
    • Have you had your fufu today?
    • The fufu effect.
    • Happiness is fufu-shaped.
    • Fufu is here day or night.
    • Say it with fufu.
    • The king of fufu.
    • A day without fufu is like a day without sunshine.
    • Everyone loves fufu.
    • It’s my fufu!
  • Fufu for everybody.
  • Share moments, share fufu.
  • Great fufu. Great times.
  • Fufu after a long day.
  • Fufu, the best part of the day.

Sambusa Captions

  • The real smell of sambusa.
  • Sambusa – it’s like heaven!
  • I’m lovin’ sambusa.
  • Sambusa makes me happy.
  • Break me off a piece of that sambusa.
  • Mamma mia, that’s a spicy sambusa!
  • What’s in your sambusa?
  • Better ingredients, better sambusa.
  • It’s how sambusa is done.
  • Any time, any place, sambusa.
  • All sambusa, all the time.
  • Sambusa, I want it all.
  • Start the day with sambusa.
  • Make it a sambusa night.
  • Probably the best sambusa in the world.
  • Sambusa gets me excited.
  • Try sambusa, you’ll like it.
  • Sambusa fills you up inside.
  • Make the world a better place with sambusa.
  • Wrapped up with sambusa.
  • Welcome to Sambusa country.
  • Who would you have a sambusa with?
  • My sambusa and me.
  • Aaahh, sambusa!
  • Say it with sambusa.
  • Red hot sambusa.

Dining at an African restaurant.

The cultures and cuisines of Africa vary greatly depending on the region you’re discussing. African food from all four regions—North, East, South, and West—remains grossly underrepresented in global cuisine, particularly that from the southernmost continent. Every palate can find something to enjoy with Africa’s most popular dishes ranging from modest root vegetables and simple maize/grain porridges.

These dishes will give you the ideas you need to experience some delectable African cuisine, whether you want to have African bread, curries, desserts, or soups.


In addition to being a favorite throughout the Caribbean, this meal is a mainstay in West and Central Africa. The completed fufu dish can be eaten with sauce, soup, or stew. It can be made in only 15 minutes and is very simple to prepare.

Matoke (Uganda)

The curry dish called Matoke features a variety of characteristics, including spiciness, tanginess, butteriness, and flavor. Plus, just a few minutes of preparation are needed!

Harira (Morocco)

Spiced with ginger, pepper, cinnamon, and a ton of fresh herbs, this tomato-based soup is tangy and fragrant. You must taste this dish from Morocco. Ensure that you soak the chickpeas overnight.

Nigerian Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a delicious, creamy African dish that can be made in only one pot! One of the most well-known Nigerian recipes is made entirely from scratch using rice, tomatoes, pimento peppers, tomato paste, scotch bonnet, onions, and spices.


Boerewors has a distinct flavor that will take you to South Africa. These sausages, which are ideal for your upcoming gathering or grilling, are mostly comprised of beef, but the flavor is entirely derived from the mixture of spices and vinegar.

Muamba de Galinha (Angola)

This meal is regarded as one of Angola’s national culinary gems and, like the well-known Caldeirada de Peixe (fish stew), demonstrates the profound influence of Portuguese cuisine on this former colony. This dish, also known as chicken Muamba, is a hot, slightly greasy stew cooked with palm oil or palm butter, garlic, chilies, and okra. In the Congo River region, where it is frequently eaten with cassava leaves and white rice, there are several variations of chicken Muamba, such as poulet moambé.

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Piri Piri Chicken (Mozambique)

This Mozambique dish is a delicious fusion of African, Portuguese, Oriental, and Arab flavors. Think of spicy, hot Piri Piri, creamy coconut sauces, and hints of cashew and peanut. Visitors to Maputo frequently start with prawns and shrimp that are sizzling and peppery. Tourists commonly refer to it as simply “grilled chicken Piri Piri” and matapa, a meal made of cassava leaves that have been cooked in a peanut sauce, is the typical side dish.

Bunny Chow (South Africa)

Bunny chow, a hollowed-out half- or quarter-loaf of white bread stuffed with a scorching-hot curry, is one of South Africa’s most beloved street meals, but nobody is quite sure how it got its name. Indian indentured workers who arrived in South Africa in the 19th century to work on the sugar cane fields brought the meat and vegetable curries that are used to fill bunny chows.

Nyama Na Irio (Kenya)

The popular Nyama Na Irio meal, initially a Kikuyu delicacy that has now spread throughout Kenya, is made of mashed potatoes, peas, beans, maize, and onion and is frequently served with seasoned roasted beef. Any Kenyan who is asked about a favorite comfort dish is likely to respond with an unequivocal “Irio!”

Zanzibari Biryanis And Pilaus (Zanzibar)

Both of these fantastic holiday foods, which both rely on rice and the diverse variety of spices associated with Zanzibar, make you feel as though the warm trade winds are blowing in your face. For example, Pilau is often a one-pot dish that is heavily spiced with cardamom, cumin, and pepper. Biryani comes in a variety of forms, from simple vegetable assemblages to more complicated ones that include meat and seafood.

A Short History of African Cuisine

The origins of African cuisine can be traced back thousands of years to the Bronze Age in northeastern Africa when early civilizations started to cultivate cereals like wheat and barley. Ancient Egyptians engaged in established agriculture in this region of North Africa, which is a part of the Fertile Crescent. While most tribes continued to follow a simple hunter-gatherer diet, other animals like donkeys and sheep were tamed, and agriculture expanded to other regions of Africa, particularly West Africa.

The different cuisines of Africa often rely on a variety of plant and seed-based ingredients and do not frequently use imported food. There are many root tuber products in the traditional cuisine in different regions of the continent. Each of the continents of Africa—North Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, and East Africa—has unique foods, cooking styles, and eating habits.

African Cuisine Components

Rice dishes and green stews such as the Afro-Caribbean efo, duckanoo, and calaloo reflect the impact of African cuisine on the Caribbean, Brazilian, and American Lowcountry cuisine as well as Cajun food culture from Louisiana. In traditional Louisiana gumbos, the African vegetable okra is included. American rice agriculture in the Carolina Lowcountry was influenced by West African ways of rice farming, and particularly in the Lowcountry, several slaves came from West African rice-growing localities. The peculiar rice dishes of Lowcountry cuisine continue to be well-known.

Plantains, cassava, rice, kwanga (cassava dumplings), and yam are common components in many African dishes. Yam, plantain, corn, and plantain maize can also be used to make fufu-like starchy delicacies, which are typically produced from fermented cassava roots. In a buffet-style setting, fufu is offered alongside roasted meats, fish, soups, herbs, and pimento.

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