Leadership in Africa: Top 20 Quotes

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Leadership in Africa: Top 20 Quotes

The quotes below are not about the subject of leadership. Rather, they are quotes by Africans who have shown great leadership. The quotes demonstrate their wisdom, intelligence, courage, vision and charity.

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

We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.
- Oliver Tambo

The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
- Steve Biko

No one is perfect in this imperfect world
- Patrice Lumumba

It always seems impossible, until it is done
- Nelson Mandela

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.
- Kofi Annan

You can never be fully human unless you've discovered the humanity in other human beings. Don't close your eyes to the injustices of your own country by trying to solve the injustices of another country. That's an evasion of Christian responsibility.
- Beyers Naudé

Africa has her mysteries and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.
- Miriam Makeba

As long as we continue to think we will be happy in the future, we will never be happy in the moment, and that is the same as saying that we will never be happy. If we think that our lives will be better when we get that better job or retire, stay or go, gain or lose weight, or when our children grow and leave or come back, we are putting off the happiness that there is in today.
- Aminu Kano 

I don't believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it. 
- Christiaan Barnard

The woman leads a twofold existence indeed, the depth of her social ostracism being equally only by her stoic endurance. To live in harmony with the society of man, to conform with men's demands, she resigns herself to a self-effacement that is demeaning, she sacrifices herself.” 
- Thomas Sankara

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
- Dr Kenneth Kaunda

Leadership is never given on a silver platter, one has to earn it.
- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Human dignity, like justice and freedom, is the common heritage of all men. It is indivisible. If these universal truths had been accepted by those who have set themselves the cause of denigration the world would have been saved from the racial animosities and degradations which now threaten the very survival of mankind.
- Sir Seretse Khama

Our lives will only have a meaning if each one of us can confidently say that I was able to bring five, ten, fifteen and twenty women along with me. What I am saying is, do not climb alone!
- Graça Machel

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.
- Wangari Maathai

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
- Chinua Achebe

I can take hardship. I can sleep on the cold floor anytime. I can also sleep on a feather bed.
- Ngozi Okinjo Iwaela 


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