Anton Muziwakhe Lembede

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“Afrikanism is the Soul of Afrika it makes Afrikans Afrikan”

Robert Sobukwe

Robert Sobukwe

“Let me plead with you, lovers of my Africa, to carry with you into the world the vision of a new Africa”

Motsoko Pheko

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“Colonialists stole not only the lands of African people and renamed them. They stole also their knowledge, so that they would know nothing about themselves”

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

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Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

“Africa needs back its economy, its politics, its culture, its languages and all its patriotic writers”

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

“The thing to do is to get organized; keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized and you will compel the world to respect you.”

Muziwakhe Limbede

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“My heart yearns for an Africa that is no more, but I shall labour for a new, free, independent and sovereign Africa that shall be respected by nations of the world”

Jomo Kenyatta

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“When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)

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“The job of a revolutionary is, of course, to overthrow unjust systems and replace them with just systems because a revolutionary understands this can only be done by the masses of the people. So, the task of the revolutionary is to organize the masses of the people, given the conditions of the Africans around the world who are disorganized, consequently all my efforts are going to organizing people.”

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

“The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness”

Amílcar Cabral

Amílcar Cabral

“Always bear in mind that people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children “