Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo
Yizwa imathandazo yethu
Nkosi Sikelela
Thina lusapho lwayo
E.  Sontonga, 1897.


​Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us,
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won.

James Weldon  Johnson,  1900


"Look for me in the whirlwind or in the storm.

The greatest possession of man is character.

Intelligence rules the world, ignorance carries the burden.

Do not remove the kinks from your hair; remove them from your brain.

Up you mighty race, accomplish what you will!"


Marcus  Panafrikanus  Garvey


"Your brain is your greatest weapon. Connect it to your heart and you can go anywhere.

You have to stand for something or you'll fall for everything.

The richness of Africa, culturally is vast!

Your color doesn't define your brain nor your soul. ..... The world is yours, embrace it."

Angelique Kidjo

"There are three things I was born with in this world, and there are three things I will have until the day I die - hope, determination and song.

Africa has her mysteries , and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.

I do not sing politics. I merely sing the truth.

Your words should be constructive; bring people together, not pull them apart."

Miriam Makeba


"Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation is out of breath. We ain't running no more.

The first need of a free people is to define their own terms.

There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.

If a white man wants to lynch me, that's his problem. If he's got the power to lynch me, that's my problem.

What we gonna start saying now is Black Power.

Black is beautiful.

Go home and tell your daughters they are beautiful." ​
Kwame Toure


"We prefer self government with danger over servitude with tranquility.

The best way to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state.

We face neither east nor west: we face forward.

Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.

I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me.

The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart."

Kwame Nkrumah

"For a colonized people the most important value, because the most concrete, is the land: the land which will bring them bread and , above all, dignity.

When we revolt it's not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.

Wealth is not the fruit of labor but the result of organized protected robbery.

Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.

A government or a party gets the people it deserves and sooner or later, a people get the government they deserve.

What matters is not to know the world but to change it.

The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.

The negro enslaved by his inferiority, the white man enslaved by his superiority, alike behave in accordance with a neurotic orientation." 

Frantz Fanon

"A wise person speaks carefully and with truth, for every word that passes between one's teeth is meant for something.

There are two things over which you have complete domination, authority and control - your mind and your mouth.

What could be more correct for any people than to see with their own eyes?

The person who strays away from the source is uprooted and is like dust blown about by the wind.

Your power is in your faith - keep it and pass it on to other bloods."
Molefi Asante

Let us all commit to work together for our  global prosperity and that of Africa, our ancestral homeland.
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"We face neither east nor west: we face forward."  
 Kwame Nkrumah

"Black Power is the recognition that power can bring about more changes than an appeal to a man's conscience. It is a concept of Black consciousness, the need to assert that Blacks can make decisions for themselves."
Rocky Jones

"A child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth"
African proverb

"Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world."
Barack Obama

I am Stephanie Lahart! an intelligent, empowered and confident Black Queen. Purposefully fearless.

Stephanie Lahart

"Relaxing your hair .. you are ..  always battling to do what ... God ... didn't mean it to do."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"If you and a fool have an argument, he succeeds."​

African proverb

"A minimum of comfort is necessary for the practice of virtue."
Patrice Lumumba

"It's not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change." 
Miles Davis

"IRONY ..They invite you to come view artifacts stolen from your Ancestors (and imprisoned in their museums) as their 'experts' explain your ancient Benin Kingdom."

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

"Third world is a state of the mind and until we change our attitude as Africans, if there is a fourth, fifth and even sixth world, we will be in it."

PLO Lumumba

"Walk softly but carry a big stick; you will go far."

African proverb
(adjusted & popularized by T. Roosevelt)

"Africans, you are the only people who can liberate your citizens from poverty through  (Africentric) education. Africa must pay the price to rebuild the continent."
Lailah Gifty Akita

"Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery."

Miles Davis​

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix

"If you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together."
African proverb

"Ain't nothing but a hound dog" 
Big Mama Thornton
​(appropriated by Elvis Presley) 
See:  Best African Proverbs/

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