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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.

Steve Bantu Biko

Steve Bantu Biko (December 1946 – September 1977) was a noted anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and early 1970s. He espoused, inspired, and promoted black pride. A student leader, he founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. One of the greatest legacies of the struggle that Biko waged - and for which he died - was the explosion of pride among the victims of apartheid. The value that black consciousness placed on culture reverberated across the country.

 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born 1954) is the former Finance Minister and later, Foreign Minister of Nigeria. the first woman to hold either of these positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006. At the time, she was one of only three female finance ministers in the world. She was instrumental in negotiating the closing of Nigeria’s debt to the Paris Club (see country achievements). Okonjo-Iweala is a former World Bank vice president who graduated from Harvard and earned a Ph.D. in regional economics and development at MIT. The Guardian Newspaper in the UK said of her: "Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a heroine not just of Nigeria, but of the entire continent”.

 

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan was up until recently the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations (Jan 2002 - Dec 2006). He was the first black African sec gen. He is known and respected for for having implemented wide spread reform within the UN.

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Andrew Rugasira

Ugandan Andrew Rugasira is the CEO and founder of Rwenzori Coffee Company.

Within a few years of starting up his company, Rwenzori Coffee Company was selling to the biggest supermarket chains in Africa and Britain - the first contract ever for an African coffee producer to supply direct to a British supermarket. The company generated sales of $1.7 million. .

But what makes Rugasira different is the way he does business. He pays his growers up to twice the average market price for their coffee. He shares his company’s profits on an equal basis with his farmers and their communities, he provides training in the best practices and promotes the well being of the community by supporting its orphanages, health care and education projects.

 

James Makawa

James Makawa is the Founder and CEO of the Africa Channel. The company's mission is to open up a daily window into modern African life and, in the process, help demystify and promoted a positive image of Africa unlike the mainstream western media where the focus is constantly on the negative focus. Currently the channel is available in America and the US.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 11:00
   
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