Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Making Changes in Small Increments On April 14, 2011, I attended an event at Jesse Auditorium at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where Maya Angelou was the featured speaker. I found this video among my old files and I have decided to share it despite the poor quality and …

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Chinua Achebe

ACHEBE

“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” “until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” “We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye …

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“Investing in women is smart economics, and investing in girls, catching them upstream, is even smarter economics.”

“[Africa] is a continent of many countries, not one country. If we are down to three or four conflicts, it means that there are plenty of opportunities to invest in stable, growing, exciting economies where there’s plenty of opportunity.”

“The best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet. And the best way to do that is by helping create jobs.”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the current Finance Minister of Nigeria. She worked at the World Bank as one of the Managing Directors (October 2007–July 2011) and in 2006, she was the Foreign Minister of Nigeria.

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Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai- I Will be a Humming Bird

“We’re constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. [But] we should always feel like a hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don’t want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I’ll be a hummingbird, I’ll …

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Woldeab Woldemariam

“Up to now, I have never served nor become a messenger for any foreign power or interest. I am an enemy to any kind of slavery, in all its shapes and colors. No man, be he European or African, can force me into the yoke of any kind of bondage. If there be someone who dares to attempt my assassination in order to force me to submit to doing things contrary to my feeling and will, then I also have in me the courage to die for my political beliefs, for the cause of liberty of my country, and for the genuine interest of my brothers and sisters.” ~ Woldeab Woldemariam

Woldeab Woldemariam is one of the original advocates of the Eritrean independence movement and is considered the father of Eritrea. He was subjected to seven assassination attempts between 1947 and 1953. This is an excerpt from his book “Hanti Eritrea” which roughly translates to “One Eritrea”  (88). 1951-08-22

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Desmond Tutu

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ~ Desmond Tutu, archbishop & Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.

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