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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.

Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu, born in 1976 in Owerri Nigeria is a professional footballer currently playing in the English Football League. He is said to be one of the most talented footballers ever to come out of the African continent. He is the most highly-decorated African footballer in footballing history, with over 10 awards of which to boast.

 

Roger Milla

Roger Milla, the Cameroonian former football forward was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in 3 World Cups for the Cameroon national team. He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most footballers have retired, by scoring 4 goals at the 1990 World Cup and helping the Cameroon team reach the quarter finals. source: wikipedia

 

Seretse Khama

Seretse Khama (1921-80), founding President of Botswana, 1966-80. Under his leadership, Botswana succeeded in establishing itself as both prosperous and peaceful. Between 1966 and 1980 Botswana had the fastest growing economy in the world. It also came to be seen a remarkable state with high principles, upholding liberal democracy and non-racialism in the midst of a region embroiled in civil war, racial enmity and corruption.

   

Julius Kambarage Nyerere

Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922 - 1999) was President of Tanzania, and previously Tanganyika, from the country's founding in 1964 until his retirement in 1985. Nyerere was at the forefront of the Pan-African movement that swept the continent in the 1960's. He was also one of the founders of the Organization of African Unity in 1963. During his time in power, Nyerere a socialist, famously implemented an economic programme where he introduced a policy of collectivisation in the country's agricultural system, known as Ujamaa or "familyhood".

 

Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975). Selassie's progressive politics and attempts to modernize Ethiopia through technological advances and membership in the world community. He took steps to improve legislation, bureaucracy, government schooling, and health and social services in preparation for his new reign. the slave trade was abolished and Ethiopia . Much of Selassie's loyalty was fostered by the building of schools, universities, and newspapers, as well as increased availability of electricity, telephone, and public health services. The Bank of Ethiopia was also founded in 1931 and introduced Ethiopian currency. His early legacy was to create Ethiopian pride and sovereignty. Source: http://history.acusd.edu

   
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