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Miriam Makeba (May 4, 1932 – 10 November 2008)

I kept my culture. I kept the music of my roots. Through my music, I became the voice and image of Africa and the people without even realizing. Mama Africa, the empress of African songs and...

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)

Harriet Tubman (Araminta Ross), was an American abolitionist. Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1820, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various masters as a child. Early in life, she suffered a...

Brenda Fassie (November 3rd 1964-May 9th 2004)

Fassie was born in Langa, Cape Town, as the youngest of nine children. She was named after the American singer Brenda Lee. She was a South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer. Affectionately called MaBrrr by her...

Winnie Madikizela Mandela (26 September 1936 – 2 April 2018)

“I am me; I am black; I must be proud of my blackness” South African apartheid Activist and politician who was born Nomzamo (which in xhosa means ‘she who tries’) Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela to a Xhosa...

Bilkisu Yusuf (December 2, 1952 – September 24, 2015)

A versatile journalist, columnist, journalism ombudsman and later civil society activist, Hajiya Bilkisu mentored a lot of journalists for about three decades. Bilkisu was born in Kano, December 2, 1952 and had her primary education at...

Saadatu Barmani Coge(1943/1945-2013)

'The Woman who was a strong voice for women through traditional music' Born Saadatu Aliyu in of present day Funtua Katsina State, Hajia Barmani Coge is one of the most phenomenal women to emerge from Northern...

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