Growing up, the name Fela Kuti and Desmond Tutu were always names to reckon with. We all wanted to be great men of substance in our world because of this superhero figures.
They were not pleased with the manner in which things were being done and to change the status quo, Fela used music, while Desmond used the gospel to tackle the oppressive system. In so doing, they inspired the young and old.
Desmond Tutu and Fela Kuti are strong activists in South Africa and Nigeria. They have inspired me through the years with these quotes. I hope you enjoy them and do not forget to share on the comment section any of their quotes that have inspired you too.
Quotes for self improvement and Humanity
1. Everything I did wrong was for the experience. That’s how I see it. Once a man is looking for better knowledge and he tries to be honest and truthful in all endeavours, then his life is just an experience. It cannot be a regret. Fela Kuti.
2. I refuse to live my life in fear. Fela Kuti.
3. The secret of life is to have no fear. Fela Kuti.
4. If it is not fit to live in, then our job is to make it fit. Fela Kuti.
5. A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons. Desmond tutu.
6. Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Desmond tutu.
7. My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. Desmond Tutu
8. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others. Desmond Tutu
9. Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu.
10. I’m coming to believe more and more in the truth that everything we do has consequences. A good deed doesn’t just evaporate and disappear. Desmond Tutu.
11. Ultimately our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others. Desmond Tutu.
Quotes about Religion
12. To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spiritualism is the understanding of the universe so that it can be a better place to live in. Fela Kuti
13. We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low. Desmond Tutu.
14. Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread or stick in someone’s back. Desmond Tutu.
Quotes about identity
15. I must identify myself with Africa. Then I will have an identity. Fela Kuti.
16. All we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans too. Desmond Tutu.
Quotes about freedom
17. My people are scared of the air around them, they always have an excuse not to fight for freedom. Fela Kuti
18. I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. Desmond Tutu.
19. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Quotes about Africa
20. The music of Africa is big sound: it’s the sound of a community. Fela kuti
21. When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. Desmond Tutu.