African Authors Quotes

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Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

Idowu Koyenikan
“Most people write me off when they see me.
They do not know my story.
They say I am just an African.
They judge me before they get to know me.
What they do not know is
The pride I have in the blood that runs through my veins;
The pride I have in my rich culture and the history of my people;
The pride I have in my strong family ties and the deep connection to my community;
The pride I have in the African music, African art, and African dance;
The pride I have in my name and the meaning behind it.
Just as my name has meaning, I too will live my life with meaning.
So you think I am nothing?
Don’t worry about what I am now,
For what I will be, I am gradually becoming.
I will raise my head high wherever I go
Because of my African pride,
And nobody will take that away from me.”
idowu koyenikan, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

Idowu Koyenikan
“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, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Relaxing your hair is like being in prison. You're caged in. Your hair rules you. You didn't go running with Curt today because you don't want to sweat out this straightness. You're always battling to make your hair do what it wasn't meant to do.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Alexa and the other guests, and perhaps even Georgina, all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness. They would not understand why people like him who were raised well fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else, were now resolved to do dangerous things, illegal things, so as to leave, none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for for choice and certainty.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

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

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
“Why did Africa let Europe cart away millions of Africa's souls from the continent to the four corners of the wind? How could Europe lord it over a continent ten times its size? Why does needy Africa continue to let its wealth meet the needs of those outside its borders and then follow behind with hands outstretched for a loan of the very wealth it let go? How did we arrive at this, that the best leader is the one that knows how to beg for a share of what he has already given away at the price of a broken tool? Where is the future of Africa?”
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Wizard of the Crow

Sahndra Fon Dufe
“Whatever you are looking for is also looking for you. You see, don't only look. Be available and ready when it shows up”
Sahndra Fon Dufe

Sahndra Fon Dufe
“A PHD is not the end of education. Education exists even among the bees who feed their queen only with the purest”
Sahndra Fon Dufe

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

“There's no greater effort than the least effort.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Even fools, when in one accord and united in their foolishness, will appear to be wise.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“In this time of Covid-19 I feel an overwhelming exhilaration every morning that I have survived to see another day, and on Monday mornings that feeling of elation endows me with colorful words to express my gratitude to God for his gift of life.”
Fidelis O. Mkparu, 2020

“Sacrifice is when one selflessly gives up something in service or deed for the undeserving, expecting nothing in return. It is selfish to desire anything from sacrifice. However, selfishness in its honest form is just.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Quitting is not a problem; not knowing when or why to quit and being a quitter is the problem.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Even fools, when in one accord and united in their foolishness, can appear to be wise.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“When in the hands of the greedy, even that which is free requires of us a fee.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“That which one prepares for can still break them, but that which one does not anticipate will surely crush them.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Unless you're getting some sort of a reward for it, whether material or immaterial, don't waste your precious energy on other people's problems. You will either end up being their problem or theirs will become eternally yours. There's no problem with leaving things just as they are. Nature always takes care of her own.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“There is never a need to dress up the truth. It is always the truth, naked.”
Fidelis O Mkparu

“There is no yardstick or measure of perfection. Thus imperfection is the ultimate perfection. It is perfectly fine to be imperfect for that's what we are by nature.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

Andrena Sawyer
“Never judge a book by its cover. At first glance, even Jesus appeared unimpressive.”
Andrena Sawyer

“I search for idyllic retreats where I could escape from the rigors of my daily life. That’s the only way I could find my soul, that wanderer that refuses to be tethered to me.”
Fidelis O. Mkparu, 2020

“It's okay to cry.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Ideas are worth nothing until belief persists.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“The path to making our past right is layered by the future we write.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“For every vision there is a greater provision.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

Valentine Okolo
“Youth

You are
the breath
of dandelion
seeds.
An explosion
of fresh fuzziness
and abundant zeal,
unanchored
by the labors
of this life.”
Valentine Okolo, I Will Be Silent

“One who masters conquers all.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

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