Africa Day, a continent at crossroads

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There is something special about living on the African continent. It’s a place where the world passes through enroute to discover themselves. It’s a place where lions can still roar as kings and people still smile.

Africa is where my heart is. It is where I took my first breath and plan to take my last breath. It’s where my language and people were born. It’s a place that inspired great writers and poets with its beauty. It’s a place where you can find and lose yourself. It’s a place where you meet the world.

The celebration of Africa Day

Africa has always been a place everyone wanted a piece of. We may now be all self-governed but we still face challenges such as poverty, unemployment, lack of education and access to healthcare.

My biggest fear right now is that Africa’s doors are welcoming China too much. Yes we need investment, but we should never stop making sure that China doesn’t get more of Africa than we would want to give. We have a continent rich in everything that will be plundered.

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10 inspiring quotes about Africa

  1. “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me” – Kwame Nkrumah
  2. “Africa is one continent, one people and one nation.” – Kwame Nkrumah
  3. “We are all children of Africa, and none of us is better or more important than the other. This is what Africa could say to the world: it could remind it what it is to be human.” – Alexander McCall Smith
  4. “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” – Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
  5. “Africa is not a country, but it is a continent like none other. It has that which is elegantly vast or awfully little.” – Douglas Wilder
  6. “Everything in Africa bites but the safari bug is worst of all.” – Brian Jackman
  7. “Africa’s not a color – it’s a place.” – Trevor Noah
  8. “If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” – John Hemingway
  9. “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 counting out your pulse; our coastline the silhouette of your soul.” – Bridget Dore
  10. “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

Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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