15 Quotes to Celebrate African Liberation Day
On 25th May, African Liberation Day, we celebrate the continued struggle for the freedom of the continent, its people and all oppressed people around the world.
15 Quotes to Celebrate African Liberation Day
By The Rules / therules.org
May 25, 2016

Kwame Nkrumah, led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first prime minister and president, until he was deposed (with CIA complicity) in 1966

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


Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental and political activist

“African women in general need to know that it’s ok for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.”


Haile Selassie, Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974; OAU speech 1963 African Summit

“Thousands of years ago, civilizations flourished in Africa which suffer not at all by comparison with those of other continents. In those centuries, Africans were politically free and economically independent. Their social patterns were their own and their cultures truly indigenous.”


Patrice Lumumba, Congolese independence leader and the first democratically elected leader of the Congo as prime minister; a letter to his wife, Letter from Thysville Prison, Congo, My Country

“Without dignity there is no liberty, without justice there is no dignity, and without independence there are no free men.” 


Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987 until he was deposed in a coup (with French backing)

“We have to work at decolonizing our mentality and achieving happiness within the limits of sacrifice we should be willing to make. We have to recondition our people to accept themselves as they are, to not be ashamed of their real situation, to be satisfied with it, to glory in it, even.”


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author

“It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context.”


Marcus Garvey, Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League

“I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free.”


Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author, poet, professor, and critic

“The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.”


Malcolm X, American Muslim minister and human rights activist

“The black man in Africa had mastered the arts and sciences. He knew the course of the stars in the universe before the man up in Europe knew that the earth wasn’t flat.”


Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”


Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999

“I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.”


Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

“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.”


Evo Morales, President of Bolivia since 2006

“All of Africa’s resources should be declared resources of the state and managed by the nation. Our experience in Bolivia shows that when you take control of natural resources for the people of the town and village, major world change is possible.”


Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop

“Europe became rich because it exploited Africa; and the Africans know that.”


Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian independence leader in 1957 and served as its first prime minister and president, until he was deposed (with CIA complicity) in 1966

“We face neither East nor West: we face forward.”

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15 Quotes to Celebrate African Liberation Day