Africa Quotes

My view of Africa is based on my pursuit of it, and my connection to it, and for me the continent is glorious. The greatest resources are there. Its history and accomplishments are among the greatest in the world.

Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday not a religious one. And it builds on African commonality, not on the religious, political and other choices we make which often separate us and cause us to focus on difference rather than similarity. In the final analysis, it all depends on personal choice; people choose holidays to celebrate, religions […]

Of my ancestry I know almost nothing. In the slave quarters, and even later, I heard whispered conversations among the coloured people of the tortures which the slaves, including, no doubt, my ancestors on my mother’s side, suffered in the middle passage of the slave ship while being conveyed from Africa to America.

In the face of all the grim prognostications, I found myself predictably and instinctively taking the African Position, a stubborn, arrogant belief that only Africans understand Africa and that outsiders misinterpret almost everything. While conceding that the continent is riven with civil wars, paralyzed by corruption, stricken with famines, and economically on the way to […]

Apartheid itself was a war against the people.

African nationalism is meaningless, dangerous, anachronistic, if it is not, at the same time, pan-Africanism.

Yet (white) men (of South Africa) were afraid, with a fear that was deep, deep in the heart, a fear so deep that they hid their kindness… They were afraid because they were so few. And fear could not be cast out, but by love.

I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they (the whites of South Africa) have turned to loving, they will find we (the blacks) are turned to hating.

The reason millions of Africans are exterminating themselves in wars is that the superpowers have enormous stores of outdated weapons to be got rid of.

For Africa to me – is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.