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).

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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….

Bobby Ologun: Nigerian-Japanese MMA Fighter and Comedian

Early Life Bobby Ologun was born as Alaji Karim Ologun on April 8th, 1966. Throughout most of his professional career, however, he insisted that he was born 1973; it was only until later in his fame that it was discovered that his Nigerian passport says 1966. Ologun claimed that the Nigerian government frequently misreports birth…

Christiaan Barnard

Born to a minister of the dutch reformed church and shunned by a majority of South African white citizens, Christiaan Barnard grew up to become the first South African cardiac surgeon to perform the first human-to-human heart transplant. Barnard began his formal education at the University of Cape Town Medical school where he received his…

Bisi Alimi

Bisi Alimi is a LGBTQ+ rights activist from Nigeria. He was the first person ever to come out as gay on national television. LGBT in Africa in General: In most African nations, homosexuality is outlawed, and sexual minorities are often persecuted and face legal and social discrimination. In fact, out of the 55 recognized states…

Jordy Smith

JORDAN ‘JORDY’ MICHAEL SMITH  2/11/1988 FAMILY Jordy Smith was born to Luellen & Graham ‘Gee Force’ Smith and he has a younger sister named Casey (17). Luellen is a teacher and according to Jordy has some sick home cooking skills. Graham is a surfboard shaper and taught Jordy how to surf at the age of…

Lupita Nyong’o

Family and Background Born in 1983, Lupita Nyong’o is now 34 years old. Both her mother, Dorothy Nyong’o, and father, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, are Kenyan but gave birth to Lupita in Mexico City, Mexico. Lupita Nyong’o’s father, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, was a Kenyan government minister and senator before facing political exile and moving his family…