Africa Quotes

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.

It is hard to gather wealth here, because as soon as you acquire some rice, for example, your neighbors want it. It is dangerous to save anything, because everything must immediately be shared. The (African) social system works to level everybody down to the same standard: It is a system that works against ambition.

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The reason millions of Africans are exterminating themselves in wars is that the superpowers have enormous stores of outdated weapons to be got rid of.