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Africa / Notable Africans: Other

This guide is part of 7th grade ELA / social studies curriculum, supporting the study of Africa and Notable Africans.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH GCStJ is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. Wikipedia

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius is a South African former professional sprinter and convicted murderer. In 2015 he was found guilty for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Both of Pistorius' feet had been amputated when he was 11 months old due to a congenital defect. Wikipedia

Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa

Kenule Beeson "Ken" Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award for "exemplary courage in striving non-violently for civil, economic and environmental rights" and the Goldman Environmental Prize. Wikipedia

Stephen Biko

Steve Biko

Bantu Stephen Biko was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. Wikipedia

David Tlale

David Tlale

David Tlale is a South African fashion designer whose work has been showcased at the Cape Town Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week and who has also designed collections for major retailers like Edgars. Wikipedia

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba

Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. Wikipedia

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina is a Rwandan humanitarian who, while working as a house manager at the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, hid and protected 1,268 Hutu and Tutsi refugees from the Interahamwe militia during the Rwandan genocide. None of those refugees were hurt or killed during the attacks. Wikipedia

Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe

Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe

Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe is a South African mining businessman and billionaire of Tswana descent. He is the founder and executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, which has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals, and platinum. Wikipedia

Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince

Michaela Mabinty DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer. With her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, Michaela authored the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Wikipedia

Must read her book Taking Flight.

Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, also professionally known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist. Wikipedia