African People of Importance
This page is about Africans who have made a difference in their own country or elsewhere by working to make things better for all people, not just themselves. Click on each name below to learn more.
If you have a suggestion, please write to me about the person you think should be added to this list and tell me why. If you can, please write an essay about the person and their achievments.
Alpha Blondy of Cote d'Ivoire I met Alpha Blondy in 1995 when I was invited to join my new friend Djeneba Koné on a trip to Abidjan in Ivory Coast, her home country. While there, we went to visit her cousin Seydou Koné, also known as the singer Alpha Blondy. His beautiful round California style home was located in the neighborhood where he grew up. I learned that he had created a bus service for the local people because they had no public transportation system. I've since learned of his many other humanitarian efforts.
Nelson Mandela of South Africa Mr. Mandella fought against apratheid, standing up for the rights of all South Africans. He paid the price for his principles by being imprisoned, but he was victorius in the end. More Information
Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia
Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia Emperor Menelik took important steps to strengthen and modernize his domain. He made Addis Ababa his capital, constructed a railroad, attempted to end the slave trade, and curbed the feudal nobility. More Information
Dr. Davidson Nicol / Abioseh Nicol
Dr. Davidson Nicol of Sierra Leone - Medical doctor, conducted research on the chemical structure of insulin in the human body, President of the UN Security Council, writer under the pen name Abioseh Nicol. More Information