Notable Africans

by johndavies007 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

not found on imdb: Amilcar Cabral (Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean anti-colonialist leader, engineer, poet), Cleopatra, Hannibal of Carthage, Hatshepsut (Egyptian ruler), Hypatia (female Egyptian mathematician), Kashta (Nubian ruler), Menelik II (Ethiopian ruler), Queen Nzinga (Angolan ruler), Piye/Piankhy (Nubian ruler of Egypt), Ramesses II, Sarraounia Mangou (female warrior against French colonialism), Shaka Zulu (Zulu ruler)

1. Chinua Achebe

Writer | Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. He was a writer, known for Things Fall Apart (1971), Things Fall Apart (1987) and History of the Negro People (1965). He was married to Christine Chinwe Okoli. He died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, ...

2. Kofi Annan

Self | The Blair Years

Kofi Annan was born on April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana as Kofi Atta Annan. He was married to Nane Anna Lagergren and Titi Alakija. He died on August 18, 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.

4. Abebe Bikila

Self | Tôkyô orinpikku

Abebe Bikila was born on August 7, 1932 in Jato, Ethiopia. He was married to Yewibdar Giorghis. He died on October 25, 1973 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

5. Anouar Brahem

Composer | Der gläserne Blick

Anouar Brahem was born on October 20, 1957 in Halfaouine, Tunis, Tunisia. He is known for his work on Der gläserne Blick (2003), Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990) and Hanna K. (1983).

6. Youssef Chahine

Director | Iskanderija... lih?

Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film ...

8. Souleymane Cissé

Director | Yeelen

Souleymane Cissé was born on April 21, 1940 in Bamako, Mali. He is a director and writer, known for Brightness (1987), Baara (1978) and The Wind (1982).

9. Cheikh Anta Diop

Self | For The People

Cheikh Anta Diop was born on December 29, 1923 in Diourbel, Senegal. He died on February 7, 1986 in Dakar, Senegal.

10. Eusébio

Self | Eusébio, la Pantera Negra

Eusébio was born on January 25, 1942 in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique as Eusébio da Silva Ferreira. He was married to Flora. He died on January 5, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

11. Haile Gebrselassie

Self | Endurance

Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian distance runner. He was born in the city of Bekoji, in the Arsi region of central Ethiopia. In the 10,000m competition he has 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 World Championships, and held the world record until it was broken by compatriot Kenenisa Bekele. He won the ...

12. Angélique Kidjo

Soundtrack | Sahara

Angélique Kidjo was born on July 14, 1960 in Ouidah, Benin.

14. Fela Kuti

Soundtrack | Run Fatboy Run

Fela Kuti was born on October 15, 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria as Olufela Olusegum Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. He died on August 2, 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria.

15. Patrice Lumumba

Self | El Congo 1961

Patrice Lumumba was born on July 2, 1925 in Onalua, Belgian Congo as Patrice Hemery Lumumba. He died on January 17, 1961 in Katanga, Belgian Congo [now Democratic Republic of the Congo].

16. Wangari Maathai

Actress | The Challenge for Africa

Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya as Wangari Muta. She was an actress, known for The Challenge for Africa (2009), Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (1997) and The 11th Hour (2007). She was married to Mwangi Mathai. She died on September 25, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya.

17. Graça Machel

Self | Camarada presidente

Graça Machel was born on October 17, 1945 in Mozambique as Graça Simbine Machel. She was previously married to Nelson Mandela.

18. Samora Machel

Self | Bom Povo Português

Samora Machel was born on September 29, 1933 in Madragoa, Mozambique as Samora Moisés Machel. He died on October 19, 1986 in Mbuzini, South Africa.

19. Miriam Makeba

Soundtrack | Transamerica

Miriam Makeba was born on March 4, 1932 as Zensile Makeba Qgwashu Nguvama Yiketheli Nxgowa Bantana Balomzi Xa Ufnu Ubajabulisa Ubaphekeli Mbiza Yotshwala Sithi Xa Saku Qgiba Ukutja Sithathe Izitsha Sizi Khabe Singama Lawu Singama Qgwashu Singama Nqamla Nqgithi. She was married to Stokely Carmichael...

20. Nelson Mandela

Actor | Malcolm X

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He was known for his lifelong struggle against apartheid (enforced racial separation), which was instituted in South Africa in 1948. The ANC was soon declared a terrorist ...

23. Freddie Mercury

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He ...

25. Kwame Nkrumah

Self | World Wide '60

Kwame Nkrumah was born on September 21, 1909 in Nkroful, Ghana. He died on April 27, 1972 in Bucharest, Romania.

26. Ben Okri

Writer | N: The Madness of Reason

Ben Okri is a writer, known for N: The Madness of Reason (2014), Great Railway Journeys (1994) and Artsnight (2015).

27. Haile Selassie

Self | Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend

Haile Selassie was born on July 23, 1892 in Harar, Ethiopia as Ras Tafari Makonnen. He died on August 26, 1975 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

28. Ousmane Sembene

Director | Moolaadé

The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...

29. Leopold Senghor

Writer | Batouk

Leopold Senghor was born on October 9, 1906 in Joal-la-Portugaise, Senegal as Leopold Sedar Senghor. He was a writer, known for Batouk (1967), Auf der Lesebühne der Literarischen Illustrierten (1966) and Son ou gal (1965). He was married to Colette Hubert and Ginette Éboué. He died on December...

30. Albertina Sisulu

Self | Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Free at Last

Albertina Sisulu was born on October 21, 1918 in Tsomo, Transkei, South Africa as Nontsikelelo Albertina Thethiwe. She was married to Walter Sisulu. She died on June 2, 2011 in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa.

31. Walter Sisulu

Self | Voices from Robben Island

Walter Sisulu was born on May 18, 1912 in Engcobo, Transkei, South Africa as Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu. He was married to Albertina Sisulu. He died on May 5, 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

32. Wole Soyinka

Writer | Kongi's Harvest

Wole Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934 in Abeokuta, Nigeria as Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka. He is a writer and actor, known for Kongi's Harvest (1970), Joshua: A Nigerian Portrait (1963) and Un dieu au bord de la route (1994).

34. Ali Farka Touré

Soundtrack | L'auberge espagnole

Ali Farka Touré was born on October 31, 1939 in Gourmararusse, Timbuktu, Mali as Ali Ibrahim Touré. He was married to Fatouma. He died on March 6, 2006 in Bamako, Mali.

35. Desmond Tutu

Actor | Tutu's Children E01

Desmond Tutu was born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa as Desmond Mpilo Tutu. He has been married to Leah Nomalizo Shenxane since July 2, 1955. They have four children.

36. Sherine Abdel Wahab

Soundtrack | An el ashq wel hawa

Her career began early in 2000 with the song "Ah Ya Leil" but they were not the first songs where he appeared with the singer "Mohamed Mohy" in duet titled "You love of eye and the heart" of this before you share with Tamer Hosni, as a representative cinemas with "Ahmed Helmy" it resulted in a film...

37. George Weah

Self | ESPY Awards

George Weah was born on October 1, 1966 in Monrovia, Liberia as George Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah.

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