Ayi Kwei Armah Quotes

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Alone, i am nothing. i have nothing.we have power.but we will never know it,we will never see it work.unless we come together to make it work.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born)
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Disgust with injustice may sharpen the desire for justice. Readers who don’t see this connection merely wish to be entertained, and I have neither skill nor desire to turn the agony of a people into entertainment.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born)
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The sand looked so beautiful then, so many little individual grains in the light of the night, giving the watcher the childhood feeling of infinite things finally understood, the humiliating feeling of the watcher's nothingness.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born)
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I did point out that I have no prophetic gifts. I write books because I tried to do something more useful and failed. Since I've been trained to write, I do that as a defense against total despair. And seeing people like you, who are actively engaged in trying to salvage pieces of our wrecked lives, gives me hope that after all we are not alone.
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Ayi Kwei Armah
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others devoted to life will surely find that between the creation of life and the destruction of the destroyers there is no difference but a necessary, indispensable connection; that nothing good can be created that does not of its very nature push forward the destruction of the destroyers.
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Ayi Kwei Armah
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You have a fullness you need to bring out. It's not an emptiness you need to cover up with things.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (Fragments)
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True, I used to see a lot of hope. I saw men tear down the veils behind which the truth had been hidden. But then the same men, when they have power in their hands at last, began to find the veils useful. They made many more. Life has not changed. Only some people have been growing, becoming different, that is all. After a youth spent fighting the white man, why should not the president discover as he grows older that his real desire has been to be like the white governor himself, to live above all the blackness in the big old slave castle?
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Ayi Kwei Armah (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born)
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She spoke of those needing the white destroyers' shiny things to bring a feeling of worth into their lives, uttered their deep-rooted inferiority of soul, and called them lacking in the essence of humanity: womanhood in women, manhood in men. For which deficiency they must crave things to eke out their beings, things to fill holes in their spirits.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (Two Thousand Seasons)
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...there is indeed a great force in the world, a force spiritual and able to shape the physical universe, but that force is not something cut off, not something separate from ourselves. It is the energy in us, the strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments.
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Ayi Kwei Armah
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Listening to these stories reminded me of the words of the great Ghanaian novelist Ayi Kwei Armah: β€œFor seasons and seasons and seasons, all our movement has been going against our self, a journey into our killer’s desire.
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Gloria Steinem (My Life on the Road)
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Outrage alternated with a sweaty fear he had never before felt. Something, it seemed to him was being drained from him, leaving the body feeling like a very dry sponge, very light, completely at the mercy of sly toying gusts of wind.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born)
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Teacher, my wife explained to me, step by step, that life was like a lot of roads: long roads, short roads, wide and narrow, steep and level, all sorts of roads. Next, she let me know that human beings were like so many people driving their cars on all these roads. This was the point at which she told me that those who wanted to get far had to learn to drive fast. And then she asked me what name I would give to people who were afraid to drive fast, or to drive at all. I had no name to give her, but she had not finished. Accidents would happen, she told me, but fear of accidents would never keep men from driving, and Joe Koomson had learned to drive.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born)
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Unless, of course, one chose to join the increasing numbers who had decided they were so deep in despair that there was nothing worse to fear in life. These were men who had finally, and so early, so surprisingly early seen enough of something in their own ives and in the lives around them to convince them of the final futility of efforts of efforts to break the mean monthly cycle of debt and borrowing, borrowing and debt.
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Ayi Kwei Armah
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Suggested Reading Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun Aidoo, Ama Ata. No Sweetness Here and Other Stories Armah, Ayi Kwei. The Healers Bulawayo, NoViolet. We Need New Names Cole, Teju. Every Day Is for the Thief Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Morrison, Toni. Beloved Okparanta, Chinelo. Happiness, Like Water Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo. Dust Salih, Tayeb. Season of Migration to the North Selasi, Taiye. Ghana Must Go aaknopf.com
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Yaa Gyasi (Homegoing)
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Unconnected consciousness is destruction's keenest tool against the soul.
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Ayi Kwei Armah (Two Thousand Seasons)
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Of unconnected consciousness is there more to say beyond the clear recognition this is destruction's keenest tool against the soul?
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Ayi Kwei Armah (Two Thousand Seasons)