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"What I was utterly convinced of, and still am, is the idea that the only responsibility the free intellectual has is vis-a-vis himself. He is not responsible to either a political party or a ruler'

TAWFIQ AL-HAKIM, EGYPTIAN PIONEER OF ARABIC DRAMA AND FICTION

'Congo is the elephant of Africa. Now, it's a dead elephant. Let's lift this elephant to go far'

MOISE KATUMBI, DRC PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL AND PREVIOUS GOVERNOR OF KATANGA PROVINCE

'I read Macbeth as a secondary student in Nigeria and it was like an African play to me. It has all the right elements--witches, kings and assassinations'

SEFIATTA, NIGERIAN AUTHOR AND PLAYWRIGHT

'Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time, we are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek'

BARACK OBAMA, FORMER US PRESIDENT OF KENYAN ANCESTRY

'My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, 'Yes, there's, a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better'

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE, NIGERIAN NOVELIST

'I think that the trouble we now face in the world is caused mainly by the refusal to try and see another man's point of view, to try and persuade by example--and the refusal to meet a rather passionate desire to impose your own will upon others, either by force or means'

SERETSE KHAMA, FIRST PRESIDENT OF BOTSWANA

'People need to see that, far from being an obstacle, the world's diversity of languages, religions and traditions is a great treasure, affording...

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