'No life should be lost in my name and also, the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect. Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.'
FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA'S RESIGNATION SPEECH
'Civil society organisations are very important. They can protest. They can speak out. They can demonstrate. They can pressurise the government.'
HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN, RECENTLY RESIGNED ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER
'Black women all over the world should reunite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us.'
BUCHI EMECHETA, NIGERIANBRITISH NOVELIST
'Old carts can be repainted but they still keep moving in the same old ruts. '
MONGO BETI, CAMEROONIAN WRITER AND POLITICAL ESSAYIST
'Although I'm American, I'm also Nigerian. I'm actually Nigerian first. To show people that it's okay to be both and it's okay to represent where you're from is a powerful message that, hopefully, we've been able to translate.'
NGOZI ONWUMERE, NIGERIAN BOBSLEDDER COMPETING AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS
'If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.'
BILLIE HOLIDAY, AFRICANAMERICAN JAZZ ARTIST
'From the day I was born, there has always existed a huge disconnect between the stories often told by the elite and those I hear from ordinary...