We Were Once Warriors
"I’m tired of people asking me to smooth my name out for them. They want me to bury it in the English so they can understand. I will not accommodate the word for mouth. I will not break my name so your lazy English can sleep its tongue on top. Fix your lips around them. No you can’t give me a stupid nickname so that you can replace this gift of five letters."
Hiwot Adilow (via
"if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. if you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."