Famous Africans

The late Miriam Makeba was a South African singer and civil rights activist. Many people knew her as Mama Africa, and was the first African musician to popularize African music in the United States and all around the world. (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a woman to be adored. Many people are proud of her because she is the first African woman to become a president. Sirleaf is the first female head of state in Africa, and she is still the president of Liberia up to date.

In the year 2011, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was recognized for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women, and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work. (born 29 October 1938)

Professor Wangari Maathai April 1, 1940

The late professor Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She is the founder of the green belt movement. The green belt movement is an environmental nongovernment organization. When it was founded, it had the focus and still has the focus of planting trees, environmental conservation and women’s rights.

In the year 1986, she was awarded with the Right Livelihood Award, and in the year 2004, she was the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. She was recognized for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Mama Miria Kalule Obote is yet another adorable woman. She is the first Ugandan woman to lead a serious political party UPC. With this, she has become the first woman to have vied for the presidential seat of Uganda. July 16, 1936

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

Desmond Tutu (born 7 October 1931)


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