African Quotes

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“If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.”
Askhari Johnson Hodari, Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs

Chinua Achebe
“Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Ayi Kwei Armah
“I did point out that I have no prophetic gifts. I write books because I tried to do something more useful and failed. Since I've been trained to write, I do that as a defense against total despair. And seeing people like you, who are actively engaged in trying to salvage pieces of our wrecked lives, gives me hope that after all we are not alone.”
Ayi Kwei Armah

“America is a young dumb country and it needs all kinds of help. America is a dumb puppy with big teeth that bite and hurt. And we take care of America. We hold America to our bosom; we feed America, we make love to America. There wouldn't be an America if it wasn't for black people. So you have some dedicated black Americans who will die a million deaths to save America. And this is home for us. We don't know really about Africa. We talk it in a romantic sense, but America is it. And so, America is always going to be okay as long as black people don't totally lose their mind, cause we'll pick up the pieces and turn it into a new dance.”
Abiodun Oyewole

Gil Scott-Heron
“You never cared enough to be Black ”
Gil Scott-Heron

Wynton Marsalis
“it ain't as hard as picking cotton”
Wynton Marsalis

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Africans must change their mind and actions.
The keys to building your continent depends on your will-power, persistent effort and action towards self liberation.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“In the pursuit of greater equality in our education system, from K to PhD, technology access, print literacies, and verbal skill all collide as requirements for even basic participation in an information-based, technology-dependent economy and society.”
Adam J. Banks

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most sane human beings who are over the age of six usually act or react not as per what they genuinely feel or really think but in accordance with the expectations of those around them.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“It would be better not to know so many things than to know so many things that are not so.”
Felix Okoye

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The most upsetting thing about Society’s attitude towards disabled people is that many millions of disabled people became disabled while trying to please Society, the very same bitch that secretly regards them as subhuman.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“...anyone still attempting to argue that Ebonics is a problem for black students or that it is somehow connected to a lack of intelligence or lack of desire to achieve is about as useful as a Betamax video cassette player, and it's time for those folks to be retired, be they teachers, administrators, or community leaders, so the rest of us can try to do some real work in the service of equal access for black students and all students. (15)”
Adam J. Banks, Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Loneliness tortures many if not most of the elderly more intensely and more frequently than it torments many if not most of us who will never be or have not yet been pushed or pulled into old age.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“If you marry an African, you will marry a man who takes his responsibility for the family seriously”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“When selecting a one-night stand, a heterosexual woman who is materialistic is a trillion times more likely to choose a sexually unattractive poor man who seems rich over a sexually attractive rich man who seems poor.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Jeffrey D. Sachs
“Una combinación de inversiones en sintonía con las necesidades y condiciones locales pueden permitir que las economías africanas escapen de la trampa de la pobreza”
Jeffrey D. Sachs, The End of Poverty

“An African man will never stop trying to fulfill his role as the head of the family”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Not a few millions of parents strongly hope that their own children will step in by instantly becoming their own parents’ foster parents, if and when the parents reach their second childhood.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“She felt there was no difference between her and the sacrificial hen with a rag tied to its neck.”
Lucy Michot, Chinongwa

“Girl-children do not reproduce their own name. They bring forth offspring for strangers. They receive, carry and bring forth other people's seeds. Their own names, they sweep off the surface of the earth.”
Lucy Michot, Chinongwa

Colum McCann
“She read in a high African singsong that I guess came down along the line from Ghana long ago, something that she made American, but tied us to a home we’d never seen.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

Thomas C. Oden
“early modern Christianity is often portrayed as an essentially European religion. This is regrettable because classic Christianity has its pre-European roots in cultures that are far distant from Europe and that preceded the development of early modern European identity, and some of its some of its greatest minds have been African.”
Thomas C. Oden, Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“As an unavoidable result of the inevitable loss of some physical and/or some mental abilities, many a man who has been alive for many years has become a boy again.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

“All the decisions that an African man makes will be weighed in terms of influence not only on himself but also on his wife and his entire family”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

“Marriage for an African is more than just a relationship,It is a bearing wall in the structure of his life”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

“An African man sees all his plans through the prism of the family”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

“The African is not averse of plunging into something new for him”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

“The African man will not take anything for granted, because life has helped him set the right priorities”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

“Majority of Africans are exceptionally hygienic, well-dressed and elegant”
Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

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