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" Business people get many undeserved prizes - golden parachutes and bonuses even when companies fail. I don't think people should get rewarded for screwing up. "
" The Ibrahim Index is a tool to hold governments to account and frame the debate about how we are governed. "
" I'm an engineer. I'm a techie, really. "
" After the sale of Celtel, I really wanted to give the money back, and I had a number of choices - to go and buy masses of blankets and baby milk or to go into Darfur or Congo. That would have been very nice actually, but it's just like an aspirin: it doesn't deal with the problem. "
" The Nobel Prize is worth $1.5 million, but that's not the issue. Do the distinguished scientists who win the Nobel Prize need the money? Probably not. The honor is more important the money, and that's the case with the prize for African leadership as well. "
" If we are to build grassroots respect for the institutions and processes that constitute democracy, the state must treat its citizens as real citizens rather than as subjects. "
" Nobody messes with China, nobody messes with the United States, or with Europe, because these are really big entities with a lot of clout and a lot of economic power. They have a place at the table. "
" People never confess to failure. They should. "
" Behind every corrupt politician are 10-20 corrupt businessmen. "
" Many Africans are used to a life where they get up in the morning and don't know what they're going to do that day. "
" What we need in Africa is balanced development. Economic success cannot be a replacement for human rights or participation or democracy... it doesn't work. "
" Make as much money as you can, but can you please pay your taxes, because this is a major problem. "
" Mobile phones could not work in Africa without prepaid because it's a cash society. "
" Tony Blair is paid $500,000 for one speech, and no one asks how he is going to spend it. "
" You fly for hours and hours and hours over Africa to go from one place to another. "
" I think we need to look at ourselves first. We should practice what we're preaching. Otherwise, we are hypocrites. "
" Roads are not practical in Africa. "
" I am a Nubian. "
" Nobody in Africa loves to be a beggar or a recipient of aid. Everywhere I go in Africa, people say, 'When are we going to stand up on our feet?' "
" When Captain Moussa Dadis Camara came to power, too many thought he would hold to his promise to stand down, introduce democratic elections and restore the rule of law. "
" I really don't have heroes in business; I never looked up at business people. "
" Before any investor goes into any country, he is looking for the exit door. "
" Intimidation, harassment and violence have no place in a democracy. "
" Africa is underpopulated. We have 20% of the world's landmass and 13% of its population. "
" Almost every country in Africa has now instituted multi-party democracy. "
" To be frank, I don't think President Obama gives much thought to Africa - or gives much to Africa. "
" Cape Verde produces good people. "
" We cannot expect loyalty to an unjust regime. "
" It is very difficult for any dictator or any incumbent to falsify the results of an election and just get away with it. "
" Everywhere in Africa, you see Indian, Chinese, Brazilian businesses. Other than Coca Cola and the oil companies, it is very rare to see American businesses. "
" Women in Africa are really the pillar of the society, are the most productive segment of society, actually. They do agriculture. "