DYNAMIC AFRICA

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"Being African is absolutely the most beautiful thing to me." - Amy Sall

African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It’s not a dormant. It’s not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations.

"I will not accept an inferior position in the art world. Nor have my art called African because I have not correctly and properly given expression to my reality.

I have consistently fought against that kind of philosophy because it is bogus. European artists like Picasso, Braque and Vlaminck were influenced by African art. Everybody sees that and is not opposed to it. But when they see African artists who are influenced by their European training and technique, they expect that African to stick to their traditional forms even if he bends down to copying them.

I do not copy traditional art. I like what I see in the works of people like Giacometti but I do not copy them. I knew Giacometti personally in England, you know. I knew he was influenced by African sculptures. But I would not be influenced by Giacometti, because he was influenced by my ancestors.”

- Ben Enwonwu

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Albert Camus
My dear, I don’t know what to do today, help me decide. Should I cut myself open and pour my heart on these pages? Or should I sit here and do nothing, nobody’s asking anything of me afterall. Should I jump off the cliff that has my heart beating so and develop my wings on the way down? Or should I step back from the edge, and let the others deal with this thing called courage. Should I stare back at the existential abyss that haunts me so and try desperately to grab from it a sense of self? Or should I keep walking half-asleep, only half-looking at it every now and then in times in which I can’t help doing anything but? Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee? Falsely yours.
Albert Camus
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The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Albert Camus
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie I
One who wants to create a future must not forget the past.

"there is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living"  - Nelson Mandela

"it always seems impossible until it’s done" - Nelson Mandela. #MandelaDay

You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.
Thomas Sankara
Nothing was left beyond the necessity of digging oneself deeper and deeper into the holes in which there could never be anything like life. But perhaps the living dead could take some solace in the half-thought that there were so many others dead in life with them. So many, so frighteningly many, that maybe in the end even the efforts one made not to join them resulted only in another, more frustrating kind of living death.
Lines from Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah’s classic novel The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, which I’m currently reading,that resonated with me deeply on feelings of depression and aimless living.
The things that you hide are the things that define you.
Nuruddin Farah, Somali writer and Neustadt International Prize for Literature winner.
We do not debate race here at any meaningful level, but use it to settle old scores and maintain the status quo in often violent, usually vitriolic ways. So anything that is mildly critical of white society is seen as anti-democratic , prejudiced and radical. It thus does not serve to unify the nation in any way, but to polarize a dangerously polarized country even further. White society in my part of the world has cleverly made itself the victim, and it has done this with the full backing of the international establishment.

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This is the truth. I’ll add that now even Black Africans have joined in defending/supporting this false white victim hood.

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It’s easy to take a photo, but what really made a difference was that I always knew how to find the right position, and I never was wrong. Their head slightly turned, a serious face, the position of the hands… I was capable of making someone look really good. The photos were always very good. That’s why I always say that it’s a real art.
Seydou Keïta, Bamako, 1995/1996
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