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

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

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

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

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

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

Ijeoma Umebinyuo
“IRONY
They invite you
to come view
artifacts
stolen
from your ancestors
in their museums
as their
"experts"
explain
your
ancient
Benin
kingdom”
Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Questions for Ada

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

Chinua Achebe
“In such a regime, I say you died a good death if your life had inspired someone to come forward and shoot your murderer in the chest - without asking to be paid.”
Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People

“It was as if hell itself had taken human form and come up from the abyss.”
Brima Lamin & Chantale Wesley-Lamin, The Walk - Memoir of a Liberian Civil War Survivor, 2016

“Don't be in the Money Making Business; be in the Business Making Money.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

Chinua Achebe
“I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different colour, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.”
Chinua Achebe

“Oftentimes, I had gone to the river to look at my reflection in the sunlight. Each time a face looked at me with subdued eyes. What I saw was not the same as the image I pretended to see when I looked in the mirror. Stubbornly, I found solace in blaming the ripples for the wrinkles and abhorrent distortions on my face. A painful allegory of sight, and a revelation of reality.”
Fidelis O. Mkparu, author of "Tears Before Exaltation'

Marko Phiri
“Yet Nathan appreciated being alone as he sipped his cold glass of beer. It gave him time to think. In the next thirty minutes or so, the flight he was waiting for would land and his day would begin. It was autumn in the capital, and the clear skies created an illusion of a city that was at peace with itself.”
Marko Phiri, Fool's Gold

“He was a nobody. Yet and still, he held the gun and therfore all of the power.”
Brima Lamin & Chantale Wesley-Lamin, The Walk - Memoir of a Liberian Civil War Survivor, 2016

Jovita Obadolagbonyi
“will the crocodile not feed if there are no fishes in the river? will the hen not peck its chick if its does not heed to her warnings? he stopped at his heels and started singing a very strange song.”
jovita efehi obadolagbonyi, Tales of an African Child

Chinua Achebe
“In such a regime, I say you died a good death if your life had inspired someone to come forward and shoot your murdered in the chest - without asking to be paid.”
Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People

“Inside, I screamed for help but the words knew better than to escape my lips.”
Brima Lamin & Chantale Wesley-Lamin, The Walk - Memoir of a Liberian Civil War Survivor, 2016

“VOA no longer felt like a sanctuary but rather a mirage and we were desert wanderers.”
Brima Lamin & Chantale Wesley-Lamin, The Walk - Memoir of a Liberian Civil War Survivor, 2016

“If you don't want anyone to find out, don't do it.”
Ibrahim Mustapha

“I’ll never forget the magic of our Saturday nights. Special moments carved in my mind by you the sculptor of my love. Let’s dance the night away. Who needs music, when your heart already sings to me.”
~ Fidelis O Mkparu (2016), author of ‘Love’s Affliction’

Bernard Osei Annang
“Anything you do; if it challenges you, you are motivated to try harder.”
Bernard Osei Annang, Beyond The Ocean: A Journey Through Tides And Waves

“Nobody can do you better than you do you.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Work smartly, diligently and silently; One day your introduction will be "Google Me.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Ideas that are not fueled by passion often get less attention and vanish with no action.”
Kayambila Mpulamasaka

“Contemplating while barefoot on the grounds my father and grandfather walked, I saw my life clearly. With African sun nibbling on my dark skin and gentle winds soothing my foreboding, my past life and current responsibilities overwhelmed me occasionally. Abundant tears flowed freely. Dripping on my face and clothes. Travelling through the ancient roads created by my forefathers, grasslands, trees and anthills kept me company. A lonely journey. I knew that nothing remains the same, but ones past never changes. Even in the loneliness of my past, I accepted that you cannot effectively go forward without knowing how and where you started your journey. Even in that state of near dejection I was aware that my sojourn in foreign lands is not forever, but my lording of this beautiful land, my own Africa, where my spent body will finally rest someday, is for eternity. Nothing remains the same, but nothing ever changes. It depends on how you look at your life.”
FIDELIS O MKPARU, 2019

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