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ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Africa’s First Female Head Of State

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Africa’s First Female Head Of State

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born Ellen Eugenia Johnson, 29 October 1938) is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother. She was educated at the College of West Africa. She completed her education in the United States, where she …

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YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

YAA ASANTEWAA: The Queen Mother Of The Ashanti War

Yaa Asantewaa was born in 1840 in Besease by Kwaku Ampoma and Ata Po in southern Ghana, the older of two children. Her brother, Afrane Panin, became the chief of Edweso, a nearby community. After her childhood, she cultivated crops on the land around Boankra. She entered a polygamous marriage with a man from Kumasi, with whom she had a daughter. …

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Sameera Moussa: Africa's Nuclear Lady

Sameera Moussa: Africa’s Nuclear Lady

In the twentieth century there were a great many scientists and physicists like Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi whose names have been immortalized. When you think of that century, you can’t help but think of Sameera Moussa, the world’s unforgettable nuclear scientist of Egypt. She was born in Egypt, Gharbia Governorate in 1917. She grew …

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FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI: The Beacon Of Feminism In Nigerian History

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was born in 1900 in Abeokuta, present-day Ogun State, Nigeria. She was one of the first women to attend Abeokuta Grammar School in 1914, where she would go on to teach. In 1919 she left for Wincham Hall School for Girls, Cheshire, England, to pursue her studies. By the time of her return …

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MIRIAM MAKEBA: The Colorless Woman

MIRIAM MAKEBA: The Colorless Woman

One of the many great figures that fought against the apartheid system in South Africa and advocated for black consciousness, was Miriam Makeba. At a young age, Miriam Makeba discovered the power of music and was able to wield it as a weapon using her voice to pierce injustic, and becoming one of the most …

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ANGELIQUE KIDJO: Africa's Premier Diva

ANGELIQUE KIDJO: Africa’s Premier Diva

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, born July 14, 1960, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva”. ANGELIQUE KIDJO: BACKGROUND Kidjo was born into a family of performing artists. Her father was …

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