Mapudzi anowira kusina hari Manhanga anoibva kusina hari.

Makomborereo anowanzowira kune vanhu vasingakwanise kuashandisa.

English Literal Equivalent: Squashes/pumpkins fall or ripen where there are no pots.

English Meaning: Certain blessings, talents or fortune seem to follow those who are least capable of utilizing such fortune. Simply put Fortune favours fools.

Context: Squashes and pumpkins are a favoured vegetable among the karanga people. Such is the love for pumpkins in Zimbabwe that one of the best known folk song celebrates this love in “huya uone kutapira kwaite manhanga” (come taste the sweetness of pumpkins). But for all their sweetness, pumpkins only ripen in the field not where they are actually cooked. In the pot is where they are converted to a delicious edible form whereas in the field they would rot if they are not removed. Hence our elders used this metaphor in commenting about talents or fortune that goes to people who are unable to use them.

Application: The proverb is used a comment on the failure of someone to make use of the gifts, talents or fortunes they have at their disposal. It’s use can also be stretched to challenge or encourage others to assist in the one who cannot use his talents (similarly to going to the field to bring the pumpkin to the pot).

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