(Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 8, sct. 17.
Greek proverb quoted by Pliny; Out of Africa was the English title for Isak Dineson's 1937 account of her years in Kenya, filmed in 1985.)
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).
Edward Emerson notes that "Boston Hymn" sings a similar sentiment. Emerson is not commenting on the nature of African civilization, but noting the barbarity of the slave trade on its shores.)
In Africa, there is much confusion.... Before, there was no radio, or other forms of communication.... Now, in Africa ... the government talks, people talk, the police talk, the people don't know anymore. They aren't free.
(Youssou N'Dour (b. 1959), Senegalese musician. Interview in Africa Beat (London, Summer 1987).)
I have a fair amount of faith that women won't sit back and allow South Africa to become a totally male-dominated new society. The women in South Africa have shown that they are strong, and I think they will make their voices heard.
(Paula Hathorn (b. c. 1962), White South African anti-apartheid and anti-conscription activist. As quoted in Lives of Courage, ch. 11, by Diana E. H. Russell (1989).
Said in a 1987 interview.)
The things African editors publish as poetry are commonplace disjointed prosaic sentences that have no poetic distinction. How a self-confessed lifelong metrophobe becomes a poetry editor at some godforsaken publishing house in the city is a miracle possible only in Africa. God have mercy upon our barren literary wombs!
(The literary aridity that has continued to terrorize Africa as a continent...)