Explore over a hundred inspiring quotes about Africa and its long, vibrant history! Glean lessons of hope, courage, and wisdom from great minds spanning centuries such as Nelson Mandela, Chinua Achebe, and Desmond Tutu.

There’s much to be learned from the power of the African continent – its people, its landscapes, its cultures, and its stories – so come along on this memorable quote-finding journey through Africa.

  1. You cannot leave Africa, Africa said. It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; our drumbeats count out your pulse; our coastline the silhouette of your soul. -Bridget Dore
  2. If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plane quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?-Isak Dinesen
  3. Wilderness gave us knowledge. Wilderness made us human. We came from here. Perhaps that is why so many of us feel a strong bond to this land called Serengeti; it is the land of our youth. -Boyd Norton
  4. To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. -Bill Bryson
  5. Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them. -Miriam Makeba
  6. Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter. -J. Nozipo Maraire
  7. The continent is too large to describe. It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet, a varied, immensely rich cosmos. Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say ‘Africa’. In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist. -Ryszard Kapuściński
  8. During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal that I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. -Nelson Mandela
  9. There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive. -Karen Blixen
  10. Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above. -Francesca Marcian
  11. If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa. -John Hemingway
  12. Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew, and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. -C. Fields
  13. It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.-Will Smith
  14. Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just home. -Beryl Markham
  15. Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all. –Brian Jackman
  16. There is a better way to invest in Africa for a sustainable future that creates value for all. 
  17. My vision for the foundation is to unlock the obstacles that African entrepreneurs face, so that they, rather than aid agencies or governments will spur the continent’s transformation 
  18. As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what it feels like to yearn for a lifeline, to hope for a ‘big break’, and to look forward to enjoying some luck. 
  19. Africapitalism is about the intersection of economic prosperity and social wealth, the intersection of making a profit and doing good, and not waiting to finish one before you do the other. 
  20. Africapitalism is not exclusive to African businesses, but we must set an example for others to follow.
  21. Only entrepreneurship can create opportunities in Africa where none seemingly exist. 
  22. Young entrepreneurs and those they inspire are the lifeblood of Africa’s rise. 
  23. Africapitalism, therefore, means we cannot leave the business of development up to our governments, donor countries, and philanthropic organizations alone. 
  24. The kind of challenges we face on the continent requires not only vision but also patience and perseverance. 
  25. Africapitalism is the nexus between the ability of the private sector to create value and the government’s creation of a business-friendly environment. 
  26. Companies that incorporate local value creation will be both more sustainable and more profitable in Africa in the long term. 
  27. By investing in local economies and creating local jobs, they are also increasing the pool of those who can afford their products and services. 
  28. If you do not care about how your business is conducted, your very future may be at stake. 
  29. The old business model of a myopic pursuit of profit above all else is at best imprudent and, at worst, reckless in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. 
  30. The future we all want for ourselves is one of our own makings.
  31. It is the place that attracted so many great people’s attention, and its beauty blinded those who went there.
  32. Africa is such a place that calls the name of those people who love adventure. Once you go there, it is hard for you to leave the place as it is so beautiful. I don’t think anybody who has visited it once can ever forget about it in their lifetime.
  33. You may leave Africa, but Africa will always be in you. -Unknown
  34. Sarcasm is always the best way out. Even people in Africa know that they have many proverbs that will make you burst out in laughter in no time.
  35. But behind these funny proverbs lies a meaning so deep and full of wisdom that it can make your perspective switch about many things. If you reflect on them and you will definitely be able to find the true meaning behind them.
  36. Africa is not only a place of beauty but also of wisdom, and you will know it once you read their proverbs and find the actual meaning behind them.
  37. Are you an African lover who requires some laughter? Don’t worry; we got you covered. These African proverbs will bring a smile to your face as well as make you wiser through the meaning hidden behind them.
  38. What is the place that comes to your mind first when you think of abundance and natural beauty? I am sure most of you guys thought of Africa. It is such a place that we adventurous people want to visit at least once in our lifetime.
  39. It is the place that made so many great personas of this world fall in love with it through its natural beauty. Africa’s beauty is mesmerizing, but the people there are unique and beautiful in their own way.
  40. The safari life itself is capable of removing all sorrows and stress. That alone can make your anxiety and stress vanish like it was nothing. This place is so beautiful that it can hypnotize you with its beauty. Who needs Harry Potter’s magic spell when you have Africa?
  41. I don’t think there is anybody in this world that doesn’t like Africa. But if you are one of those people, then I have a question for you. Are you ok, sweetie? Because I surely don’t think you are.
  42. If you are someone who loves Africa and wants to travel there, these quotes will help boost your imagination of Africa’s beauty.
  43. Love is such a precious feeling that not many people get. And it looks like the people of Africa know it best as their quotes about love are genuinely touching and will definitely make you think.
  44. Being a place where mother nature has showered all her life, they surely know that it is love that matters the most, and without it, so many great things wouldn’t exist. Their love quotes are so deep that they will definitely change your perspective on many things.
  45. Ever feel the need to read some quotes about love that will make you think? Then, these are for you as they surely will stir up some emotions in you.
  46. I knew what I wanted in life and I worked day and night to achieve it, and here I am. -Tabitha Karanja 
  47. I have always believed that women can do anything they set their hearts on. -Pam Golding
  48. If you have a crazy idea, go for it! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. -Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu 
  49. My advice to women all the time is: If you want a certain future, go out and create it. Conquer your fears as that is what enslaves most women. -Divine Ndhlukula 
  50. Everything is possible. Impossible just takes a little longer. -Wendy Ackerman 
  51. Taking an idea that’s on paper or in your head and moving it forward into real, tangible action is the true spirit of entrepreneurship. -Njeri Riongei
  52. Never listen to anybody who tells you, you can’t do it. You know you can so just get on with it. -Margaret Hirsch 
  53. The West has taken and borrowed a lot from Africa…now it’s a renaissance: we’re claiming back what is ours and we’re adding value to what is ours, making it globally acceptable and globally appealing. -Deola Sagoe 
  54. Nineteen people may love your work, but the twentieth one will hate it and will tell you so; you cannot allow that to affect you. That may sound trite, but there is a huge risk in letting criticism get you down. -Carrol Boyes
  55. It was my dream to capture true African luxury, change the world’s perception of Africa, and produce a luxury brand that is truly African in origin, nature, and tradition. -Swaady Martin-Leke 
  56. I have learned that if you face challenges with positive energy, you are most likely to get better results. -Adenike ‘Nike’ Ogunlesi 
  57. The most important thing is to trust your inner instincts. Look at what you respect; who you respect and who you believe in. -Angela Dick 
  58. If I can change the life of one person it makes a whole difference because behind that person there is a whole family. It’s a family, it’s a society, it’s Tanzania. -Victoria Kisyombe 
  59. Have a vision and passion. Be courageous, focused, and disciplined. Lastly, persist… it’s definitely not easy. -Monica Musonda 
  60. When you are starting out, grow organically and take it slow. Don’t fall into the trap of taking out high-interest loans and getting into unmanageable debt. -Janet Rhys 
  61. The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to. –Richard Mullin
  62. There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive. -Karen Blixen
  63. I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy. -Ernest Hemingway
  64. Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them. –Miriam Makeba
  65. I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because, after Africa, nothing has ever been the same. -Suzanne Evans
  66. You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.  –Malcolm X 
  67. Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, at the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world. – Jodi Picoult
  68. It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.  –Will Smith 
  69. To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination. -George Schaller
  70. You cannot leave Africa,  Africa said. It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; Our drumbeats count out your pulse; Our coastline is the silhouette of your soul. –Bridge Dore
  71. There is always something new out of Africa.  –Pliny The Author 
  72. One cannot resist the lure of Africa.  –Rudyard Kipling 
  73. The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time. –Andrew Shue 
  74. When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.  –Francesca Marciano 
  75. Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just ‘home.  –Beryl Markham 
  76. We must unite now or perish… We must recognize that our economic independence resides in our African union and requires the same concentration upon political achievement. –Kwame Nkrumah
  77. Unite we must. Without necessarily sacrificing our sovereignties, we can forge a political union based on defense, foreign affairs, and diplomacy, as a common citizenship, an African currency, a monetary zone, and a central bank. We must unite in order to achieve the full liberation of our continent. –Kwame Nkrumah.
  78. Yet all stock exchanges in the world are preoccupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper, and iron ore. We have been too busy nursing our separate states to understand fully the basic need of our union, rooted in common purpose, common planning, and common endeavor. –Kwame Nkrumah.
  79. We spoke and acted as if, given the opportunity for self-government, we would quickly create utopias. Instead, injustice, even tyranny, is rampant. –Julius ‘Mwalimu’ Nyerere
  80. The evolution of humanity says that Africa reaffirms that she is continuing her rise from the ashes. Whatever the setbacks of the moment, nothing can stop us now! Whatever the difficulties, Africa shall be at peace! -Thabo Mbeki
  81. I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas, and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land. –Thabo Mbeki
  82. We know that Africa is neither French, British, American, nor Russian, that it is African. We know the objects of the West. Yesterday they divided us into the level of a tribe, clan, and village…They want to create antagonistic blocs, satellites… –Patrice Émery Lumumbaeech
  83. These divisions, which the colonial powers have always exploited the better to dominate us, have played an important role – and are still playing that role – in the suicide of Africa. –Patrice Lumumba
  84. Always bear in mind that people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children… –Amilcar Cabra
  85. Africa’s story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story. -Paul Kagame
  86. If we deal with what we know to be historical, anthropological, and scientific truths, that Africans were the first human beings on this planet, that Africans developed the first documented cultures and civilizations of this planet, we will find in the Nile Valley everything that constitutes greatness within the people. -Dr. Anthony Browder
  87. I am in love with Mother Africa as a premise, and I encourage people of African descent to embrace their African heritage, notwithstanding all of its issues, to understand their connection. So culturally I think it’s critical to claim who we are. What happens to a child who doesn’t know their mother? And the richness here of that history. -Donald Temple
  88. Africa was not a primitive place at all, the people there were very advanced. -Runoku Rashidi
  89. If you want to convince a group of people that everything about them is negative, what you have to do is tell them that where they are from is a negative place. This is what they have done to black people. They say to black people, you are negative, you are bad because Africa is negative and Africa is bad, so the images that we have of Africa are the underbelly, we always see the propaganda, the warfare, but we never see the other side. -Tariq Nasheed
  90. What we call the African and the communities that person lived in, is where the concept of religion comes from. -KRS ONE
  91. There is more jungle in Europe and Asia than there is in Africa. -Dr. Umar Johnson
  92. Without a doubt, Africa has its wetland and its greenery, some of the most beautiful animal and animal kingdoms in the world. But most of Africa is not a jungle, there is more jungle on the other continents. -Dr. Umar Johnson
  93. The Dogon are a group of Africans from the west coast, who had in fact been able to achieve a degree of astrological superiority and dominance that we really don’t see a contemporary group or precedent for, other than what was achieved in the Nile Valley civilization. -Dr. Umar Johnson
  94. If you want to win, cast aside your white god, and embrace your African spirit, you are free. -Dutty Boukman
  95. Many times when people speak of Africa, they exclude Egypt. I think, and many of my colleagues think, that excluding Egypt from Africa would be like taking Greece and Rome out of Europe, it would be just a huge void. -Runoku Rashidi
  96. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are merely fragments from the periphery of the African spiritual system that you call Voodoo. -Professor James Small
  97. Every time you see something great on the African continent, they attribute it to somebody else. -Ashra Kwesi
  98. When they attacked Africa they did not attack Africa physically, they did not attack Africa educationally, they attacked them spiritually. -Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene
  99. It’s one straight line that is related to African history, African mythology, African culture, and African symbolism, that connects African people with African American people. -Dr. Anthony Browder
  100. Jomo Kenyatta said when the Europeans first came to Africa, the white man had the bible, and the black man had the land. The white man asked the Africans to close their eyes and pray. When they opened their eyes the white men had the land, and the black man had the bible. -Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene

With the conclusion of summarizing 100 quotes about Africa, it is evident to see that this beloved continent is often represented by its complex beauty, powerful spirit, and strengthen resilience.

Those from Africa are constantly striving to create a better tomorrow through hard work, determination, and a positive outlook.

To many around the world, Africa symbolizes much more than just geographical characteristics – it stands for personal success in spite of obstacles. Truly inspiring!

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