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Kimani Nga’ang’a Maruge – The Oldest First Grader in Guinness Book of Records - African Leaders Magazine

Kimani Nga’ang’a Maruge – The Oldest First Grader in Guinness Book of Records

Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, a Kenyan man in his 80s who is eager to learn to read after spending his youth fighting for Kenya’s liberation from British colonial rule, including long periods in detention camps where he was tortured . After the Kenyan government promised free education for children in 2003, the Mau Mau veteran knocked …

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - Mother of the Nation (South Africa) -African Leaders Magazine

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela – Mother of the Nation (South Africa)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a controversial figure who served as a spearhead of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement during husband and future president Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment. As the best-known face in the fight against white rule while Mandela languished in prison for 27 years, Madikizela-Mandela was considered the “mother of the nation.” Still serving in Parliament, she …

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Archbishop Janani Luwum – Ugandan Christian Matyr - African Leaders Magazine

ARCHBISHOP JANANI LUWUM – Ugandan Christian Matyr

In 1974 Janani Luwum became Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire (Eastern DR Congo).  It was during a time of widespread terror after Idi Amin had overthrown President Milton Obote three years earlier in 1971.  Amin had enacted a policy of repression, arresting anyone suspected of not supporting him. Hundreds of soldiers from the …

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Burma Road Riot - African Leaders Magazine

The Burma Road Riot -A Movement of Black Workers Against Wage Inequality

On June 2, in the year 1942, the Burma Road Riot occurred as a frustrated black workforce took a stand against inequality. Nassau was in a state of emergency and the Riot Act was read. Protests started when Bahamian workers became disgruntled because of the disparity in wages between themselves and American workers. They were …

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Queen Nzinga - A great monarch who fought against the Portugese slave trade expansion in Central and West Africa - African leaders Magazine

Queen Nzinga – A Great Monarch Who Fought Against The Portuguese Slave Trade Expansion in Central and West Africa

By the 1600s, Western Africa had a number of European countries trading on its lands with Portugal in particular dominating slave trading in the area. Even with a large region of Africa dominated, the Europeans still had an insatiable quest to trade in other parts of Africa. To feed the growing demand for slaves, the …

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Nana Yaa Asantewaa - A brave female warrior of the Asante Empire - African Leaders Magazine

Nana Yaa Asantewaa – A Brave Warrior Queen of The Asante Empire.

Yaa Asantewaa was named Queen Mother of the Ejisuhene (Ashanti Confederacy) by her exiled brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese. Prior to European colonization, the Ashanti people developed a powerful West African empire. Yaa asantewaa was the Gatekeeper of the “Golden Stool” (Sika ‘dwa) during this influential Ashanti Confederacy (Asanteman), an independent federation of Asante tribal families that ruled from …

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Huda Sha'arawi - The founder of Egypt's first Feminist movement - African Leaders Magazine

Huda Sha’arawi – The founder of Egypt’s first feminist movement

In an era where women had no voice in Egyptian politics, Huda Sha’arawi, an Egyptian astute feminist and activist for women vehemently changed the game for women in Egypt.  Huda founded a number of organizations dedicated to women’s rights. She is widely regarded as the pacesetter of women’s movement in Egypt. In 1908 She co …

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The Boer War- a brave resistance to British takeover by ancient South Africans- African Leaders Magazine

The Boer War- A brave resistance to British takeover by ancient South Africans

Slavery and War were the order of the day in ancient Africa. Our ancestors regardless of their age, sex or physical state were called to arms anytime our slavers approached. Sitting among the pile of such historic encounters is the Boer War. The Boer war was fought between Great Britain and the Boars of Transvaal …

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The Kush Kingdom – An Ancient Civilization that mirrored the Egyptian civilization - African Leaders Magazine

The Kush Kingdom – An Ancient Civilization that mirrored the Egyptian civilization

The Kush were ancient Egypt’s neighbors, and they would eventually place Pharaohs of their own on the Egyptian throne. This powerful ancient kingdom is perhaps better known as “Nubia” for the region of upper Egypt it once occupied. Many people still use the word Nubia, or Nubian, to describe all ancient African civilizations south of …

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