I have no intention of retaliating or looking backwards. We are going to forget the past and look forward to the future.

— Jomo Kenyatta

The most empowering Jomo Kenyatta quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

The basis of any independent government is a national language, and we can no longer continue aping our former colonizers ... those who feel they cannot do without English can as well pack up and go.

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To .. all the dispossessed youth of Africa: for perpetuation of communion with ancestral spirits through the fight for African freedom, and in the firm faith that the dead, the living, and the unborn will unite to rebuild the destroyed shrines.

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Unity cannot be taken for granted.

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Some people try deliberately to exploit the colonial hangover for their own purpose, to serve an external force. To us, Communism is as bad as imperialism.

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God said this is our land, land in which we flourish as people.

.. we want our cattle to get fat on our land so that our children grow up in prosperity; and we do not want the fat removed to feed others.

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You and I must work together to develop our country, to get education for our children, to have doctors, to build roads, to improve or provide all day-to-day essentials.

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Our children may learn about heroes of the past.

Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future.

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Where there has been racial hatred, it must be ended.

Where there has been tribal animosity, it will be finished. Let us not dwell upon the bitterness of the past. I would rather look to the future, to the good new Kenya, not to the bad old days. If we can create this sense of national direction and identity, we shall have gone a long way to solving our economic problems.

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Don't be fooled into turning to Communism looking for food.

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