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'The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood'

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST

'Africa's regional economic entities have plans for regional integration. We are integrating stock exchanges from Casablanca to Johannesburg. The walls are coming down faster than people think; by 2018, the African Union expects to conclude the African Free Trade Area.'

AKINWUMI ADESINA, PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

'Our country is peaceful and blessed with abundant resources, but the majority of the people are poor and endure suffering. We have opened up to investors, but whoever comes to our country, comes on our terms'

NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT HAGE GEINGOB

'I don't know anywhere where the people are hungrier for education than South Sudan'

EMMANUEL JAL, SOUTH SUDANESE ARTIST AND ACTOR

'There are things even love can't do. If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it is no longer love'

AYOBAMI ADEBAYO, NIGERIAN WRITER

'In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we'd have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge'

HAILE GEBRSELASSIE, ETHIOPIAN LONG-DISTANCE OLYMPIC...

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