The moral of Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born focuses upon the idea that many fail to be satisfied with their lives as they are. In a search for false security, the man seeks out wealth and power. In this search for wealth and power, the man fails to possess the spiritual clarity necessary for true success. As the man seeks out more wealth and power, he loses his grasp on a morally and spiritually fulfilled life. Therefore, the moral of the novel is twofold.
First, man must come to terms and accept what he has. Success does not always come with great monetary riches and possessions. With one's dissatisfaction with present possessions comes the desire for more. As the man learns, acceptance of having something is better than having nothing.
Secondly, to live a pure and moral life, one must realize that true success comes with the understanding that society does not always positively define who a person is. In some cases, society pushes characteristics upon mankind which actually force a man to turn his back on his internal worth, identity, and strength.