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Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute

Guiding philosophy

  • "We have a duty to define ourselves. We speak about the need for African renaissance  in part so that we, ourselves and not another, determine who we are, what we stand for, what our vision and hopes are, how we do things, what programmes we adopt to make our lives worth living, who we relate to and how."   

    ~ Thabo Mbeki, in Africa define yourself 

  • Africans hands must be "extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world."

~ Paolo Freire, in Pedagogy of the oppressed

  • "Achieving the African Renaissance is not just in the interest of African countries but it is in the interest of the whole world. This is an opportunity at the moment, now that this strong force in fact has been unleashed all over the continent and the concept [of African renaissance] is becoming more and more known and supported around the world."

~ Prof Hans JA van Ginkel, Rector of United Nations University, 1997-2007