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Africa is full of heroes who have made significant achievements and a huge impact not just in their countries or on the continent, but on the rest of the world. Find out who some of them are right here or add your entry.

Mory Kante

Guinean musician and Griot Mory Kante was the first African musician to record a single that sold over 1 million copies. The track released in 1980’s was called Yeke Yeke which means to celebrate life Source: New African magazine

   

Sade

Nigerian-born Sade is an internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter whose sultry, jazzy music has made her one of the top-selling and critically-celebrated female artists of the last 20 years.

   

Kwame Nkrumah

'Kwame Nkrumah (1909 - 1972) was the motivating force behind the movement for independence of Ghana, then British West Africa, and its first president when it became independent in 1957. A firm believer in African liberation, Nkrumah pursued a radical pan-African policy, playing a key role in the formation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963. His dream was for a "United States of Africa". Source http://www.africawithin.com

   

Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf

On November 23, 2005 in Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was democratically elected as the first female president in modern African history. According to news reports on the election, she took 59% of the vote compared to 41% for football star George Weah

   

The Fichani Brothers

Tafadzwanashe and Tapiwanashe Fichani are two 22 year old Zimbabwean twins who are proud Africans. In Jan 2006 the brothers were arrested while wearing the nhembe loincloths on their daily walk to a shopping centre near their home in Harare. Prior to their arrest, the 22-year-old twins said that they had received a calling from God to give up their western clothing when they were living in the UK. The brothers said that those who criticized their decision were brainwashed by Western culture, as they were just going back to how things were before Europeans arrived in Africa.

   

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