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Anecdotes & Quotes

 
"If we respect ourselves and our uhuru, foreign investment will pour in and we will prosper."
Jomo Kenyatta
First president of Kenya, as quoted in Phyllis Martin and Patrick O'Meara's Africa, Indiana University Press 1986.
Kenya
"If a door is shut, attempts should be made to open it; if it is ajar, it should be pushed until it is wide open. In neither case should the door be blown up at the expense of those inside."
Julius Kambarage Nyerere
From his Stability and Change in Africa speech given to the University of Toronto, Canada, 2 October 196
Tanzania
"If real development is to take place, the people have to be involved."
Julius Kambarage Nyerere
From his book Uhuru na Maendeleo (Freedom and Development), 1973.
Tanzania
"Democracy, like a little plant, does not grow or develop on its own. It must be nursed and nurtured if it is to grow and flourish. It must be believed in and practiced if it is to be appreciated. And it must be fought for and defended if it is to survive."
Seretse Khama
First president of Botswana, speech given at the opening of the fifth session of Botswana's third National Assembly in November 1978.
Botswana
"Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future."
Jomo Kenyatta
First president of Kenya, from an address given on Kenyatta Day, as quoted in Anita King's Quotations in Black, Greenwood Press 1981.
Kenya
"You and I must work together to develop our country, to get education for our children, to have doctors, to build roads, to improve or provide all day-to-day essentials."
Jomo Kenyatta
First president of Kenya, from an Independence Day message to the people, as quoted in Sanford Ungar's Africa, the People and Politics of an Emerging Continent, New York, 1985.
Kenya
"Africa can be a meeting place among peoples, a land of reconciliation. We Africans cannot accept isolation. We cooperate fraternally on a basis of absolute equality of rights and duties."
Félix Houphouët-Boigny
as quoted in Donald B Robinson's The 100 most important people in the world today, Putnam, 1970.
Ivory Coast
“For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
Africa
“He who learns, teaches”
Africa
"Youth is like a stream, if it is not directed to its course it meanders and swallows its tail."
Jude Ezedike
“When the music changes, so does the dance.”
Africa
"Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing."
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
"We add wisdom to knowledge."
Kalenjin
Kenya
"Blind belief is dangerous."
Luyia
Western Kenya
Kenya
"The young can't teach traditions to the old."
Yoruba Proverb