65 African Icons Every Black Person Should Know

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Ahmed BabaSixteenth century scholar, intellectual and prolific writer Ahmed Baba
Tom MboyaKenyan politician Tom Mboya
Hendrik WitbooiNamibian chief and great military strategist Hendrik Witbooi
Hamilton NakiSouth African surgical pioneer Hamilton Naki
Hugh MasekelaSouth African trumpeter and jazz musician Hugh Masekela
Franco-Luambo-MakiadiCongolese musician Luambo Makiadi
manu-dibangoCameroon saxophonist Manu Dibango
stela of akhenaten and nefertitiEgyptian Queen Nefertiti
salif_keitaAfro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali, Salif Keita
William TubmanLiberian politician William Tubman
makeda queen of shebaPowerful Ethiopian monarch Queen of Sheba
Houphouet BoignyFormer president of Cote d’Ivoire Felix Houphouet Boigny
Brenda+FassieSouth African anti-apartheid Afro-pop singer Brenda Fassie
mansa musaThe great king of the old Mali Empire Mansa Musa
Desmond TuTuSouth African religious leader and political activist Desmond Tutu

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