Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the An Ember in the Ashes series. A Reaper at the Gates, the third novel of the planned series of four, releases on April 24, 2018. Tahir was born to Muslim-Pakistani immigrants in Great Britain (Ulaby). She lived there for the first year of…

Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun)

Tewodros Kassahun—known as Teddy Afro—is “the biggest star in Ethiopian musical history” (Gardner). Born July 14, 1976, Afro has released five albums, the most recent of which, Ethiopia—released May 2017, has crowned Billboard’s World Album chart and is the fastest selling album in Ethiopian history (Gardner). Afro is known for his patriotic, nationalistic, and elliptically…

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa is both a Palestinian American author and an activist for Palestine. She was the daughter of refugees from the 1967 War and born in Kuwait before moving to the US and then back to Kuwait and eventually to East Jerusalem. Her years there would leave an impact that would eventually come out in…

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is an African-American literary theorist and critic. He has written on African-American literature (such as with Black Literature and Literary Theory (1984) and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism (1988)) (biography.com) and worked as an editor for “collections of African-American literature” (biography.com). Gates is currently “the director…

Roberto Fernández Retamar

  As a poet, essayist, literary critic, president of Casa de las Américas Cuban cultural center since 1986, and a participant in the Cuban Revolution, Roberto Fernández Retamar is a one of the leading voices in Latin American postcolonial literature. His is most well-known for the groundbreaking essay “Caliban: Notes Toward a Discussion of Culture…

Nawal El Saadawi

  Nawal El Saadawi is a powerhouse of a woman being an Egyptian feminist, writer, activist, and doctor who has impressively written over 11 fiction novels, 10 non-fiction novels,8 short stories, 3 plays, and 6 memoirs. Saadawi’s focus in her works is primarily on the women of Islam.   Saadawi was born October 27, 1931…

Edward Said

Allie Williams 9.20.17 Postcolonial Literature McCain Edward Said and Orientalism Edward Said was a writer, professor, and cultural critic. Born in Mandatory Palestine, he moved to Cairo after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. He attended elite schools and was among some of the brightest minds when he attended Princeton and taught…

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius, otherwise known as the “Blade Runner” was born in the South African city of Johannesburg in November of the year 1986. He was born without fibulas in both of his legs, making it impossible for him to walk using his own legs.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

  Born in 1938, Ngugi wa Thiong’o is one of Kenya’s greatest critics, academics, and artists. With an incredible grasp of words and a strong spirit, Thiong’o has tried his hand in many mediums. His works are found not only in novels and essays but in plays, journals, academic papers and activist rallies 1. He is…

Baaba Maal

Musician Baaba Maal was born into a large family of fishermen in 1953 in Podor, Senegal. Because of his family’s fishing tradition, Maal was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a fisherman as well. Instead, he chose to pursue music. Maal was influenced by his family gawlo, a blind guitarist named Mansour Seck….

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s visionary leader, lived from July 18, 1918 until December 5, 2013. He was born in Mvezo, South Africa as a member of the Thembu Royal Family. He went on to study law at the University of Fort Hare and University of the Witwatersrand. Mandela was mostly known for his role in…

Dr. Charles Mully

Philanthropist Dr. Charles Mully is a man of grit, hard work and determination. He was made this way because of his upbringing. Charles was born on January 7, 1949 in Kangundo, Kenya. Growing up he had always been pretty independent, this was most likely because he was the first born of eight and was abandoned by his mother at…