George Ayittey Quotes

Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.

Change Quotes, Trust Quotes, Talent Quotes, Wealth Quotes, Power Quotes, Reform Quotes

Africa's salvation doesn't lie in begging and begging for more aid, and as an African, I find it very, very humiliating.

Salvation Quotes

Dictators cause the world's worst problems: all the collapsed states, and all the devastated economies. All the vapid cases of corruption, grand theft, and naked plunder of the treasury are caused by dictators, leaving in their wake trails of wanton destruction, horrendous carnage and human debris.

Problems Quotes

 

The solutions to Africa's problems lie in Africa, not in Live Aid concerts.

Problems Quotes

The 'Cheetah Generation' refers to the new and angry generation of young African graduates and professionals, who look at African issues and problems from a totally different and unique perspective.

Perspective Quotes, Problems Quotes

African history is filled with experiences of people shooting their way to power and then splintering into factions, like in Somalia and Liberia.

Action Quotes, Experience Quotes, History Quotes, Power Quotes

The richest persons in Africa are heads of state, governors and ministers. So every 'educated' African who wants to be rich - and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be rich - heads straight into government or politics.

Rich Quotes, Politics Quotes

Radio is the death and life of Africa.

Death Quotes, Life Quotes

Look at the history of peace accords in Africa. They have a terrible record. They are shredded even before the ink on them is dry.

History Quotes

Mugabe's become a disgrace to Africa. And I must say this because I am an African and a lot of us looked up to him back in the 1980s when he was the liberation hero. But he's now turned himself into a murderous despot.

Grace Quotes

Unlike their Western counterparts, Africans take elections very seriously - rising up early to queue patiently in line for hours under the hot sun and cast their ballots. Any misguided attempt to nullify or steal their votes will evoke a strong reaction from them.

Action Quotes, Elections Quotes

Just because a group does not take its decisions by voting does not mean they have no understanding of the essence of democracy.

Decision Quotes, Understanding Quotes, Democracy Quotes

Western-style multi-party democracy is possible but not suitable for Africa.

Democracy Quotes

There's a belief that since Africa got a raw deal from the colonial West, then the Chinese must be Africa's best friend. But the evidence doesn't show that, and the main criticism is that they are building infrastructure in exchange for Africa's resources in deals that are structured to favor China.

Change Quotes, Deals Quotes, Belief Quotes, Criticism Quotes

Across Africa there is what I call a colonialist mentality or orthodoxy. Orthodoxy in the sense that a lot of things have gone wrong in Africa in the post-colonial period. And time and time again, any time something went wrong, the leadership claims that it was never their fault.

Leadership Quotes, Time Quotes, Aim Quotes

In a banana republic, one might slip on a banana peel but things do work - now and then for the people, albeit inefficiently and unreliably.

Work Quotes