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…

Wole Soyinka: A Nigerian Activist and Author

Author, Playwright, critic and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, originally named Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, was born on July 13, 1934 in Abeokuta, Nigeria, which is located in western Nigeria (Biography.com).

Wangari Maathai

Environmentalist and Politician Wangari Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya. In 1964 she got a degree in Biology from Mount St. Scholastica College, she then earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh two years later. She continued her education in Africa and in 1971 she got a PhD from University of Nairobi, this…

Marcus Samuelsson

Early Life Chef Marcus Samuelsson was born in rural Ethiopia in 1970. Unfortunately, at the age of three, his mother died of tuberculosis and he and his sister, Linda, were adopted shortly afterwards. As a result they moved to Gothenburg, Sweden with their adoptive parents.  They had a full childhood, filled with adventures of fishing, exploring…

Steve Biko

Steve Biko was born in South Africa on December 18th, 1946 and is one of five siblings. His life growing up was relatively normal, other than the fact that his father passed away when he was only four years old, so his mother raised him and his four siblings. He went to elementary school and…

D’Banj

Born Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, on June 9, 1980 in Zaria, Nigeria, D’Banj grew up in a family culture and environment that was unhelpful for his music aspirations. His father was a military general and his mother was a businesswoman. It must have been fated for D’Banj to become a musician given the rather strict household…

Dr. Bennet Omalu

“Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu (born September 1968) is a Nigerian-American physician, forensic pathologist, and a neuropathologist who was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players while working at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh.” (Wikipedia)   Bennet Omalu was born in Nnokwa, Nigeria in 1968 during the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War.  He…

Mathew Byamungu

        Background  Methodist missionary Mathew Byamungu was born in Tanzania. He was left in an orphanage right after he was born and was later adopted by German missionary parents. This experience made him think about who Jesus is, and what should he do. He was a good student when he was a teenager….