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'There's no perfect continent or country in the world (and) I believe this beautiful game can unite the people of Africa like nothing else. Football has a massive power to create unity out of division, joy from sadness and turn a multicultural community into one. I know politicians too are equally aware that meeting the expectations of the people is crucial and football gives them a chance to connect with them,'

SAMUEL ETO'O, CAMEROONIAN FOOTBALL LEGEND

'We have a very strong private sector, but the lifeblood of any market is liquidity and investors have flocked to government securities, which has left little for domestic businesses,'

JAMES MWORIA, KENYAN CEO OF CENTUM INVESTMENTS

'It's no country's destiny to be poor,'

LUISA DIOGO, MOZAMBIQUE'S FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER

'I knew what I wanted in life and I worked day and night to achieve it, and here I am,"

TABITHA KARANJA, KENYAN FOUNDER AND CEO OF KEROCHE BREWERIES

'A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special,'

NELSON MANDELA

'Our fathers fought bravely. But do you know the biggest weapon unleashed by the enemy against them? It was not the Maxim gun. It was division among them. Why? Because a people united in faith are stronger than the bomb,'

NGUGI WA THIONG'O, KENYAN AUTHOR

'Debt is not a problem, it's very bad debt that's a problem. You have got to worry about the terms of those Eurobonds, the short-term nature and the repayment risk when they are due,'

AKINWUMI ADESINA...

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