Quotes by Nigerian authors


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"I've now been in this country for thirteen years, since I was seventeen. So this is my second home"
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"I don't think Michael had to retire for us to get the spotlight, because when you win, it commands attention"
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"I preferred to study those subjects that were of interest to me"
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"I always keep a ball in the car. You never know"
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"All these boundaries - Africa, Asia, Malaysia, America - are set by men. But you don't have to look at boundaries when you are looking at a man - at the character of a man. The question is: What do you stand for? Are you a follower, or are you a leader?"
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"When you get to that level, it's not a matter of talent anymore - because all the players are so talented - it's about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions"
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"When I look at the system here and look at my position - not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from - I feel so blessed to be from Africa"
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"My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players"
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"Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try"
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"I remember at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Shaq always wanted me to show him steps over and over"
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"Being from Africa is the best thing that could have ever, ever happened to me. I cannot see it any other way. All of my fundamental principles that were instilled in me in my home, from my childhood, are still with me"
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"The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future"
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"The Connection Machines owned by the United States government laboratories were made available to me because they were considered impossible to program and there was no great demand for them at that time"
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"First, I identify an analogous problem in nature and borrow from it"
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"Eighty percent of Americans with HIV do not know they are infected"
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"Due to financial reasons, I dropped out of school after eight years of formal schooling"
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"When I enrolled in college at age 19, I had a total of eight years of formal classroom education. As a result, I was not comfortable with formal lectures and receiving regular homework assignments"
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"Nigeria is a West African nation of over 100 million energetic people. It is endowed with lots of natural resources but lacks human resources"
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"It is smarter to borrow from nature than to reinvent the wheels"
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"I dropped out of high school four times between the ages of 12 to 17"
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"Because I believe that humans are computers, I conjectured that computers, like people, can have left- and right-handed versions"
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"The labs were happy that I was brave enough to attempt to program it and the $5 million computer was left entirely to my use. I was their human guinea pig"
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"I have expertise in five different fields which helps me to easily understand the analogy between my scientific problems and those occurring in nature"
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"One out of every 100 American men is HIV positive. The rate of infection has reached epidemic proportions in 40 developing nations"
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"I wanted to become a mathematician, physicist or astronomer"
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"The greatest grand challenge for any scientist is discovering how to prevent the spread of HIV and finding the cure or an effective vaccine for AIDS"
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"The Connection Machine was the most powerful supercomputer in the world. It is a complex supercomputer and it will take forever to completely describe how it works"
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"The 65,536 processors were inside the Connection Machine"
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"Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger"
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"My focus is not on solving nature's deeper mysteries. It is on using nature's deeper mysteries to solve important societal problems"
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