'The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out,'
MUHAMMADU BUHARI, NIGERIA'S RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT
'Women of South Africa are some of the most powerful people on earth. Change what you believe is possible for yourself,'
OPRAH WINFREY, US TV PERSONALITY
'There is no scope for a fifth term. I had never planned to seek it since the condition of my health and my age do not allow me [to do anything] except to carry out my final duty towards my people which is to work to lay the foundations for a new republic,'
ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA, ALGERIAN PRESIDENT FACING PUBLIC PROTESTS
'You must always believe in yourself and live life to the full,'
MARIA MUTOLA, MOZAMBICAN 800M RUNNER
'Our lives are a battlefield on which is fought a continuous war between the forces that are pledged to confirm our humanity anci those determined to dismantle it; those who strive to build a protective wall around it, and those who wish to pull it down,'
NGUGI WA THIONG'O, KENYAN WRITER AND ACADEMIC
'May God always keep us this way. In peace, love and Affection,'
CESARIA EVORA, CAPE VERDEAN SINGER
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