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Chinua Achebe Remembered star
The Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe passed away in March 2013. He used his love of language to bring the history of his people to light and is celebrated across Africa. The Biafran War shaped his life and his writing. He will always remain at the heart of African literature.

Christian Okoye star
From the hilly Enugu state in Nigeria to the top of American football, Christian Okoye was the first African-born player in the NFL . His success gave other Africans the confidence to do the same and he is hailed as a “man on a mission”.

Ibn Battuta - The Great Explorer star
The world has celebrated many great explorers – David Livingstone, Marco Polo, Mungo Park, Richard F. Burton, but little is known of one of the greatest. Ibn Battuta of Morocco travelled over 75,000 miles in almost thirty years. He went to North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia.

Lola Faturoti - African Fashion Designer star
Lola Faturoti, a Nigerian fashion designer, was inspired by the election of President Barack Obama and created a commemorative dress to celebrate his historic election.

Mau Mau Women star
The Mau Mau women risked everything to help the movement for Kenya´s independence.

Names of Africa star
African names have special meanings.

Nelson Mandela, the Man star
Nelson Mandela has impacted lives across the planet. His understanding of human nature and his drive and determination to make things right for everyone will always be celebrated in history books and in the hearts of those he touched.

Shaka Zulu the Military Leader star
Historians have ranked Shaka, the great Zulu king, as one of the world's greatest military leaders. His military innovations transformed the Zulu community and gave them pride and passion.

Traditional Ruler of the Agbor Kingdom star
Since 1963 the kings of Nigeria have had no constitutional powers, even though some of them reigned over vast areas of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. The king of the Agbor Kingdom is a traditional ruler, who values his people and is loved in return.

Wangari Maathai - Tree Woman of Kenya star
One Kenyan woman who will not let her culture, her government, or a man stand in her way.

Yaya Toure and Elephant Poaching star
Elephant poaching in Africa is becoming a serious concern. It is hoped that the appointment of a high profile soccer star as an ambassador for a program to save the elephants will have a positive impact on elephant numbers

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