There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.
The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n'ani ji onwe ya: 'He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.'
The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.
Mosquito [...] had asked Ear to marry him, whereupon Ear fell on the floor in uncontrollable laughter. "How much longer do you think you will live?" she asked. "You are already a skeleton." Mosquito went away humiliated, and any time he passed her way he told Ear that he was still alive.
A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.
Become familiar with your home, but know also about your neighbors.
The young man who never went anywhere thinks his mother is the greatest cook.
If you don't like someones story, write your own.
The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.
The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
Don't take shadows too seriously. Reality is your only safety. Continue to reject illusion.
Only 4 sets of people can vote for the PDP: (1) those who are intellectually blind; (2) those who are blinded by ethnicity; (3) those who are blinded by corruption and therefore afraid of the unknown, should power change hands; and finally (4) those who are suffering from a combination of the above terminal sicknesses.
Be yourself. Ultimately just be yourself.
As long as one people sit on another and are deaf to their cry, so long will understanding and peace elude all of us.
A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness
A goat does not eat into a hen's stomach no matter how friendly the two may be.
The impatient idealist says: 'Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.' But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.
There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.
The realization of New Africa can only be possible by the African cultivating spiritual balance, which leads to the practicalization of social regeneration, to realizing economic determination, becoming mentally emancipated, and ushering in a political resurgence.
Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.
Looking at faces of people, one gets the feeling there's a lot of work to be done.
The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.
There is no story that is not true.
People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them. This is what people have come to expect. Its not viewed as a serious continent. Its a place of strange, bizarre and illogical things, where people dont do what common sense demands.
I cannot accept the definition of collective good as articulated by a privileged minority in society, especially when that minority is in power.
But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms.
All these boundaries - Africa, Asia, Malaysia, America - are set by men.
But you don't have to look at boundaries when you are looking at a man - at the character of a man. The question is: What do you stand for? Are you a follower, or are you a leader?
I am convinced that Nigeria would have been a more highly developed country without the oil. I wished we'd never smelled the fumes of petroleum.
The writer is the visionary of his people... He anticipates, he warns.
Vatican II declares the Church... as necessary for salvation.
A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday.
I remember at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Shaq always wanted me to show him steps over and over.
My stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life's work is done.
My country is now free and I have been honoured to be its first indigenous head of state. What more could one desire in life?
Femi Fani Kayode is my boy. Provide him food, he will eat and then sing for you. He’s a smart boy
If you deceive me once shame on you because I have trusted you once and you have deceived me, if you deceive me twice shame on me because I have learnt my lessons and you have deceive me and if you deceive me for the third time shame on me because am a compound fool.
No matter how old an individual may be, no matter if he is young or old, if he thinks in accordance with the times he is immortal.
Literature doesn't have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer. His Falstaff, for example, is very African in his appetite for life, his largeness of spirit. The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens characters are Nigerians.
Given the scale of trauma caused by the genocide, Rwanda has indicated that however thin the hope of a community can be, a hero always emerges. Although no one can dare claim that it is now a perfect state, and that no more work is needed, Rwanda has risen from the ashes as a model or truth and reconciliation.
When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.
You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the babies.
Intolerance has become, I think, the reigning ideology of the world today, the intolerance versus intolerance and it's taken on lethal proportions.
People say human nature is a very vague expression, people tend to say human nature is corruptible anyway and it comes from a theological point of view, goes back to the Garden of Eden, that there is always this corrupt gene waiting to be activated that we inherited from the very beginning. I don't believe in that theological excuse.
The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future.
A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves.
Sick storytellers can make nations sick. Without stories we would go mad. Life would lose it’s moorings or orientation... Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart larger.
To poison a nation, poison its stories.
A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they
I will not say the fact that there are no European Union observers at an election means that it will not be fair and free.
Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.
We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity.
Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
I always value my large kitchen because it was better to do everything there, you wash up, you do everything, rather than messing up another room and I pop my typewriter just next to it. So I still write now but I was doing more writing when the children were younger.
...when we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.
While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
The road will never swallow you. The river of destiny will always overcome evil. May you understand your fate. Suffering will never destroy you, but will make you stronger. Success will never confuse you of scatter your spirit, but will make you fly higher into the good sunlight. Your life will always surprise you.