Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin: A wife, a mother of three, and creator of the Hainish universe sadly passed away January 22, 2018. However, her works will surely surpass her. Le Guin had a passion for science fiction at a young age. By the age of 11, she submitted a short story to Astounding Science Fiction….

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is currently the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg on February 20 1984, Noah began his career as a comedian and actor in South Africa in 2002. He held several…

Yaya Touré

Gnégnéri Yaya Touré, most commonly known as Yaya Touré, was born in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire on May 13, 1983. Yaya Touré is a retired professional soccer player who has played on a variety of professional teams. Watching Yaya Touré from beginning to end in his English Premier League career, an interest sparked in me to…

Ama Ata Aidoo

Christina Ama Aidoo, also known as Ama Ata Aidoo, is a Ghanaian playwright, author, and poet born on March 23, 1942 into a royal Fanti family. The Minister of Education (Jerry Rawlings), and founder of the Mbaasem Foundation worked hard to help women just like her become writers and live successful lives. She has published…

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar was born on November 22, 1986 in Sandton, South Africa. Sandton is one of the wealthiest cities in all of Africa.  Since the early 1960’s, Sandton has flourished atop the world’s largest discovered goldfield. The city is rich and affluent, and, as a result, is a popular tourist attraction for those who visit Africa….

Jordy Smith

Photo credit: Trevor Moran/ Red Bull Content Pool Jordy Smith is a professional surfer from Durban, South Africa. He was born on February 2nd, 1988, and started surfing at the young age of six, largely due to his fathers’ influence. Jordy’s father, Graham Smith, is a well known surfboard shaper and used to hold the…

Jordy Smith

Jordy Smith is a South African surfer who is a serious contender for the World Title in the World Surf League (WSL). He was born on February 11, 1988 in Durban, South Africa to Graeme and Luellen Smith. (Red Bull) His parents were very supportive of him and gave him the room he needed to…

Jack Mapanje

Jack Mapanje was born in Malawi in 1944. He was then imprisoned in 1987. Thankfully, he was released in 1991. Mapanje’s poetry deals with themes of imprisonment, exile, identity and political power. But, let’s go back a little to before Mapanje was released, before he was imprisoned for writing poems, to before he became Malawi’s…

Bessie Head

       Bessie Head was born in 1937 and raised in South Africa. Her mother was a wealthy white woman in South Africa and her father was a servant. Her mother was sent off to live elsewhere and have the baby and supposedly had mental health problems and committed suicide. It has been speculated…

Ola Orekunrin

Dr. Ola Orekunrin is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, the first air ambulance company in West Africa. She was born in London with her birth parents being of Nigerian descent. Dr. Orekunrin was raised with her sister by a foster family in Lowestoft, England. At the young age of 21, Dr. Orekunrin graduated as…

Mollie Ahlstrand

Mollie Ahlstrand was born in Mekele, Ethiopia. During WWII, Mousolinni occupied Ethiopia; because of this, modern-day Ethiopia still contains many aspects of Italian culture. When Mollie was in her 20s, She moved to Italy and began working as an assistant chef to Gianfranco Vissani, who runs a Michelin-rated restaurant in Braschi. Mollie has also trained…

Bessie Virginia Blount (Griffin)

“A black woman can invent something for the benefit of humankind.”                                                                          – Bessie Blount   A forensic scientist, an…