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'To me a country--this thing that could be born, die, expand, contract--hardly seems the basis for understanding a human being. Don't ask me where I'm from. Ask me where I am local'

TAIYE SELASI, BRITISH-AMERICAN WRITER OF GHANAIAN AND NIGERIAN ORIGIN

'Since I was two or three years old I always remember being with the ball. I started on the roads,'

SADIO MANE, SENEGALESE FOOTBALLER PLAYING FOR LIVERPOOL

'In the field of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather than what you are,'

ALTHEA GIBSON, AFRICANAMERICAN TENNIS PLAYER AND FIRST BLACK PLAYER TO WIN WIMBLEDON (1957).

'It is very important for a woman to believe there is nothing she cannot do. Africa has really wonderful women to be celebrated. As Africans, we cannot be satisfied with what we have got because we are not there yet. We need more women,'

SAHLE-WORK ZWEDE, ETHIOPIA'S NEWLY APPOINTED PRESIDENT

'The problem of Africa in general and Uganda in particular, is not the people but leaders who want to overstay in power,'

YOWERI MUSEVENI, UGANDAN PRESIDENT, SPEAKING IN 1986

'I have learnt that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome to succeed,'

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, AFRICAN--VMM AMERICAN...

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