Excellence is distinction. Mediocrity is extinction. Mediocrity is content with its condition and accomplishments. It settles for good when better is available. But excellence betters its best. Choose to be distinct, not extinct. That’s the choice Africa has to make. Africans must move from the chicken mind-set to an eagle mind-set, from mediocrity to excellence. In the famous words of Dr. J. E. K. Aggrey (1875–1927): “My people of Africa, we were created in the image of God … We are eagles. Stretch forth your wings and fly! Don’t be content with the food of chickens.” This is what excellence calls for. Soar like eagles.—S.K. Pipim, The Transformed Mind, p. 229.
Be an EAGLE, Not a Chicken