Top 10 powerful Quotes by African Writers

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Since the birth of literature in Africa, they have been series of African writers who has not only carved a niche for themselves but has made lasting impact on the literary scene in Africa.

The names of such African writers is engraved in our hearts and history and their creativity keep inspiring us.

Here are Top 10 powerful Quotes by African Writers to inspire your day.

1. “If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own”- Chinua Achebe (Some of his well-known works include, Things fall apart; A Man of The People; ‘No Longer At Ease; and Arrow Of God.

2. “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.” Wole Soyinka (Wole Soyinka is the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature)

3. “Alone, i am nothing. i have nothing.we have power.but we will never know it,we will never see it work.unless we come together to make it work.” Ayi Kwei Armah (Ayi is the author of The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born )

4. “If you want to know a country, read its writers”. – Aminatta Forna (Aminatta is the author of ‘The memory of Love”

5. “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( Chimamanda is the author of ‘Purple Hibiscuss’ she has won many wards including the Orange Prize and Booker Prize)

6. “All dancers have a cumulative tendency, because each beat of the tom-tom has an almost irresistible appeal. Soon, those who were just spectators would dance too” – Camara Laye (Camara Laye is the author of ‘The African Child’)

7. “There is nothing more restless than men in power.” ― Dinaw Mengestu (Dinaw Mengestu is the author of ‘The Beautiful things that Heaven bears’)

8. “A man is never ugly” – Buchi Emecheta ( Buchi Emecheta is the author of the ‘Joy of Motherhood’)

9. “Humans, not places, make memories.” ― Ama Ata Aidoo (Ama Ata Aidoo is the author of ‘No Sweetness Here’)

10. “Real misfortune is not just a matter of being hungry and thirsty; it is a matter of knowing that there are people who want you to be hungry and thirsty” – Ousmane Sembène (Ousmane Sembène is the author of God’s Bits of Wood)


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