Birago Diop (1906-1989) was a Senegalese poet and story-teller, whose work restored the general interest in African folktales and promoted him into one of the most outstanding African francophone writers. One of his poems, "Souffles", is a tribute to the original African culture and embodied the movement of tacking back this culture denied during colonisation. 1) Poem "Souffles" recited (French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da 2) Wikipedia :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birago_Diop
Ernest Cole (1940 - 1990) was a South African photographer, the first black freelance photographer in South Africa. He dedicated his former life to capture the reality of Apartheid on Black South African. He gathered his pictures in a famous book titled "House of Bondage" in 1967 banned in South Africa. Wiki page : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Cole
todayinhistory: “September Steve Biko dies On this day in South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died whilst in police custody in Pretoria. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement and coined the famous phrase “black.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June is a globally renowned Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria and for her work at the World Bank as one of its Managing Directors (October
Jerry John Rawlings (1947 - ) is a former head of state and president of Ghana. Rawlings was in line with Kwame Nkrumah's ideology and established the 4th Ghanaian republic in 1992. He made Ghana's economy one of the most successful in Africa and provided political stability in the country. To get more information about Jerry Rawlings : 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikHpFgKJax8 (video documentary) 2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Rawlings (Wikipedia)
Okwui Enwezor was born in Calabar in Nigeria in 1963. He gradually became one of the most influential figures in contemporary art, as he was director of the Haus der Kunst (Munich, Germany), the artistic director of the Documenta 11 in Kassel (1998–2002). He's always pushed for African art recognition in his work. Enwezor was appointed curator of the Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition's 100-year history.
Wish She Was Still There Wangari Maathai ~ Nobel Peace prize winner for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." & Kenyan environmental and political activist founder of the Green Belt Movement
Jomo Kenyatta – was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in serving first as Prime Minister and then as President Pan-africanist, he is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation.