George Ayittey Quotes & Sayings

30 most famous George Ayittey quotes and sayings (economist). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

“Dictators are allergic to reform, and they are cunning survivors. They will do whatever it takes to preserve their power and wealth, no matter how much blood ends up on their hands. They are master deceivers and talented manipulators who cannot be trusted to change.”
“Dictators cause the world's worst problems: all the collapsed states, and all the devastated economies. All the vapid cases of corruption, grand theft, and naked plunder of the treasury are caused by dictators, leaving in their wake trails of wanton destruction, horrendous carnage and human debris.”
George Ayittey Quotes
“Getting rid of the dictator is only a first step in establishing a free society. The dictatorship must also be disassembled.”
“The richest persons in Africa are heads of state, governors and ministers. So every 'educated' African who wants to be rich - and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be rich - heads straight into government or politics.”
“Unlike their Western counterparts, Africans take elections very seriously - rising up early to queue patiently in line for hours under the hot sun and cast their ballots. Any misguided attempt to nullify or steal their votes will evoke a strong reaction from them.”
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“Personally, I regard myself as an intellectual 'rebel,' kicking against the 'old colonialism-imperialism paradigm' which has landed Africa in a conundrum.”
“What you and I understand as a government doesn't exist in many African countries. In fact, what we call our governments are vampire states. Vampires because they suck the economic vitality out of their people. Government is the problem in Africa.”
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“Africa has more dictators per capita than any other continent.”
George Ayittey Quotes
“The solutions to Africa's problems lie in Africa, not in Live Aid concerts.”
George Ayittey Quotes
“In the West, the basic economic and social unit is the individual; in Africa, it is the extended family or the collective.”

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