❼ 7 Brilliant Quotes for Africans by Africans

Home, Africa, Nigeria, has been on my mind a lot lately.

How I can expand my vision to make a difference there. How I can be more connected with other Africans who live abroad.

How I can harness the wisdom of anthropologists, African leaders, and other thought leaders who care about the future of the continent.

Wole Soyinka Quote, Make a Difference

I’ve come to believe that decisive action is the best form of eloquence.

Nelson Mandela Quote, Make a Difference

If this is true, then what can we do today, right now to move Africa forward?

Kofi Annan Quote, Make a Difference

I believe this. Absolutely and completely.

Haile Selasi Quote, Make a Difference

I believe this too. Absolutely and completely.

Chinua Achebe Quote, Make a Difference

This means we must work with vigor but also temper our expectations with patience.

Desmond Dudu Quote, Make a Difference

No, things are not as they should be but, yes, there is hope. We will do better.

I found these particular quotes to be quite sage and very much in alignment with my current thoughts of Africa, the role of Africans in its development, and making a difference there.

  • Are you passionate about Africa?
  • Have you thought about making a difference there?
  • If you had $500,000 to spend in any African country, where would you spend it?
  • What would you spend it on?

11 thoughts on “❼ 7 Brilliant Quotes for Africans by Africans

  1. 1. Am cynical but passionate about Africa.
    2. The best way to make a difference is to give western educated grants to develop Africa instead of foreign aid to African Presidents.
    3.$500,000.00 to Ghana.
    4. Early childhood education for boys under the age of 12.

    1. Wow James I hope you come back and provide some additional thoughts on this. First of all, you’re Yoruba — why Ghana? (not opposed to the suggestion and I am open to investment in Ghana, i’m just curious about the thoughts behind your choice).

      Quite frankly, I’m very encouraged that we are not bound by borders in terms of our thinking of where money should be spent in Africa. Development for one country will inevitably benefit others in the region (i hope).

      Also, why early childhood education for boys? I see so many people talking about women and children — but not boys so you’re really unique in that as well.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. They are very interesting to me

  2. a. I am very much passionate about our continent, I think it is full of possibilities waiting to be made realities

    b. I have yes, I would like to move back to work there after graduation, I hope it takes me with kindness because I really want to participate and make the renaissance of our continent possible!

    c. I would spend it in Ghana (I am biased though :) )

    d. Electricity is a big issue in Ghana, so it is definitely something to take care of!

    1. Ghana has made such great progress compared to other African countries that I can definitely see it being a wonderful place to move back to. Honestly, if i ever move back home, I’d probably be based out of Accra until i have the courage to face Lagos or Abuja Lol

      And I really like your thoughts on electricity. I was talking to a friend the other day about how West Africa should be at the forefront of solar energy research because (duh) we have sun year round. I just get stuck when I think of how *I* as an individual can make an impact in such an industry. Maybe you’ll start something and I can invest :D

  3. African leaders should encourage and develop the younger generation through mentoring and inclusive participation in politics. How can the future of a nation be hopeful when the vigour her youth are wasted and unharnessed?

    1. Totally agree. I do think there are some African leaders that are doing this — Tony Elumelu and Dangote for instance. I would also add that all Africans need to begin to see themselves as leaders (because we are). If each person realizes that we have a sphere of influence and we all encourage and develop one another, we can really do great things.

      Really good comment!

  4. I agree with you Femi. I think African mentality in general look down upon young ones and it’s not right for the development of the country, BUT on the other hand, like Kola says, the young ones need to see and make themselves valid as leaders. I think one problem than need to be tackled asap is the way education is provided: the methodology is wrong, in college people are taught how to get the notion and then spit it back.. instead of using involvement and participation, future African leaders are not taught how to be really critical. Thank God one college in Ghana is trying to make this transition happen. I really think, to really see development, while we are investing money and other resources, we also have to consider liberating minds from this unidirectional methodology of education and adopting a real liberal and holistic system of education. This is the main reason why I want to move to Ghana, to try make this happen, no matter how small my contribution will be.

  5. Electricity is a big issue not because Ghana does not have the sufficient resource, but because they sell it to other countries, till the point of being without. People are greedy!! And the only way to tackle the problem is by shifting mentality, by understanding that everyone matters and not just the people with money who can afford to buy generator and stuff like that. I don’t think we have a culture of solidarity, which is a must in order to make it right.
    And yes, I think solar panels are the way forward, but (1) money to invest in the installation of these and (2) the “rich” mentality that would make the less wealthy dependent on them, consequently have the power, instead of looking for a long term solution of independence. Unless we develop a genuine sense of solidarity, we will be here having light on and off until ‘thy kingdom come’ :/

    1. hmmn that’s such an interesting point about the “rich” mentality. And very solid point about solidarity – so much room for growth in that area!

  6. Aye, I think every African should be passionate of her distinct ethnicity, morals & values but not the governance administration.
    Africa needs to tackle the issues concerning the inadequate availability of physiological needs. Then, implementation of constructive ideas, policies & indigenous management model that will help re-orientate mental acquisition & create enabling environment for the patronage & consumption of local manufactured products.
    Nigeria; been the most populous black nation, & the emerging market.
    Human capacity development in the area of Science & Tech., Agriculture and Industrialization.

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