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.
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
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.

Tsitsi Dangarembga (via b-sama)

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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By all means, learn beyond the classroom. In the end, thats all that will matter.
Gossy Ukanwoke
The word ‘happiness’ does indeed have meaning, doesn’t it? I shall go out in search of it.
Mariama Bâ, So Long a Letter
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
Ben Okri (via rabbitinthemoon)

For the settlers in Kenya were really parasites in paradise. Kenya, for them, was a huge winter home for aristocrats, which of course meant big game hunting and living it up on the backs of a million field and domestic slaves, the Watu as they called them.

Coming ashore in Mombasa, as was clearly shown by the photographic evidence in the 1939 edition of Lord Cranworth’s book, Kenya Chronicles, was literally on the backs of Kenyan workers. “No one coming into a new country”, he writes, “could desire a more attractive welcome. We were rowed ashore in a small boat and came to land on the shoulders of sturdy Swahili natives.” This was in 1906.

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And, so, beyond drinking whisky and whoring each other’s wives and natives…and gunning natives for pleasure in this vast happy valley…the settler’s produced little. No art, no literature, no culture, just the making of a little dominion marred only by niggers too many to exterminate, the way they did in New Zealand.