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Interesting people from Africa

 

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.

Wangari Maathai

Prof. Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan Environmentalist and Human Rights Activist. She is the first African woman to receive the very prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her pioneering work as an academic and environmental campaigner in Kenya.

 

Philip Emeagwali

Nigerian born Philip Emeagwali has been ranked as the greatest African scientist ever. Emeagwali's discovery of a formula that enables supercomputers to perform the world’s fastest calculations inspired the reinvention of supercomputers. He reformulated Newton’s Second Law of Motion and set three world records that garnered international headlines. Source: New African Magazine

 

Edward Saidi Tingatinga

Tanzanian born painter Edward Saidi Tingatinga (1932 – 1972) started one of the most vibrant and successful contemporary art movements in Africa. His work featured brightly coloured paintings of birds, animals, urban and village scenes and today hundreds of local artists from East Africa continue to adopt his pioneering style.

   

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo has graced the music scene since 1990. She has been nominated three times for the Grammy Awards in 1998, 2003 and 2005. Her style is a fusion of Afro-pop, Jazz and Gospel. The Beninese singer and songwriter sings in four languages. She is also popular for her outstanding dance moves on stage.

 

Simphiwe Dana

She has been described as an African Goddess because her voice just transcends you to another era . Her debut album Zandisile was officially launched in 2004 at the Johannesburg Music Hall, South Africa, when she shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo. Zandisile saw her winning 2 awards at the 2005 SAMA's (South African Music Awards). She won Best New Comer of the year and Best Jazz Vocalist. In this year's(2007)SAMA's her album One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street saw her winning 4 awards. She won Best Album of the year, Best Female Vocalist, Best Vocal Jazz Album and Best Contemporary Jazz Album. She was the main act at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Europe in January 2006. She was also awarded the Rising Star Award by Avo Session Basel in Europe. She also performed around Europe for 3 months since May 2007. She has become the most successful African artist to take Europe by storm in just a little over six months.

   
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