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…

LUOL DENG

Basketball player Luol Deng was born on April 19, 1985 in South Sudan. His father was on the Sudanese Parliament and during the the Second Sudanese Civil War his whole family relocated to Egypt. In Egypt he met former NBA player named Manute Bol. Manute Bol came from the same Dinka ethnic group as Deng’s family.

King Tutankhamen

Early Life King Tutankhamen or more famously known as King “Tut”, was born the 12th King of the 18th Egyptian dynasty in 1341 BCE. He was in power from around 1332 to 1323 before the common era. His birth name, Tutankhaten meant “the living image of Aten” which he later changed to Tutankhamen meaning “the living image of…

Robert Katende

Chess coach, Robert Katende, was born and raised in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. When Robert was still a child he was handed over by his mother to his grandmother to be taken care of. When his grandmother had passed away his two aunts had stepped in and raised him in the slums of Nakulabye. He had…

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the “Iron Lady”, is the current and first female president of Liberia. She is also the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Sirleaf was born in Liberia in 1939, and married at the age of 17, and had four sons with her husband before they divorced in 1960. [1] Ellen Johnson…

Pauline Malefane

           Pauline Malefane, actress, singer, and musical director of the Isongo ensemble, was born in 1976 in a poor section of Cape Town, South Africa. When she was in elementary school, she went on a field trip to see a production of Don Giovanni, her first experience with opera. The production…

Ernie Els

Background & Professional career  Ernie Els is a professional golfer who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. His father was a big fan of sports and encouraged Els as a child to participate in all of them. As he got older, he began to shift his attention to golf. He started beating his Dad and…

NoViolet Bulawayo

Author NoViolet Bulawayo was born December 10, 1981 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. NoViolet Bulawayo is a pen name. Violet was the name her mother who died before she was born. NoViolet talks more about her name and names in general at this link. NoViolet spent most of her life in Zimbabwe and moved to the U.S. for…