Remarkable faces of Africa continent
Haile Selassie was regarded as Ethiopia’s last emperor, serving from 1930 until his overthrow by the Marxist dictator after Italy invaded Ethiopia. He was considered the messiah of Africa race by the Rastafarian movement of Jamaica and he help formed the organization of Africa unity 1963.
Nelson Mandela a former activist who helped brings an end to apartheid and has been a global advocate for human rights. He was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa. His actions landed him in reformatory for nearly three decades and made him the face of the antiapartheid movement both within his country and internationally. Released in 1990, he participated in the eradication of apartheid and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa.
John Garang the Southern Sudanese Christian rebel-turned-statesman, was arguably one of the best and most charismatic leaders Sudan has had, He was a true patriots who was regarded as the founding father of South Sudan before his untimely death in a helicopter crash. His popularity grew when he join an uprising rebel force, and later formed the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to free South Sudan from Islamic oppression in the north. He was a staunch critics of Sudan president, Omar Bashir and he continuously emphasized the crucial fact that “all Sudanese citizens, regardless of their backgrounds, were suffering under a murderous and repressive dictatorship.” Today, South Sudan is a sovereign country because of the revolution John Garang tirelessly fought for.
Thomas Sankara the man regarded as the upright man from Upper Volta now known as Burkina Faso. He was a charismatic leader full of innovative ideas and willingness to change the entire Africa mentality from that of dependent to creativity. He was by far the best reformist of any Africa leader and his programs of economic change resonate in all part of Africa. Sankara was an icon for the poor and he was the first committed leader to fight for women’s rights. He criminalize female genital mutilation, involuntary marriages and polygamy, while appointing females to high governmental positions and encouraging them to work outside their homes and stay in school even if pregnant. He was killed by his best friend Blaise Comparo.
Anwar Sadat was the third Egyptian president who was born with diplomatic resolution in his DNA. Not many Egyptians like Sadat during his reign as president because he was always regarded as a puppet for Israel and Westerners. Sadat really made an impact on foreign policy. He lead a peace talks with Egypt’s longtime foe Israel. Sadat would later earn the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for entering into peace agreements with Israel. He was assassinated by group of Islamic military fundamentalist.
Usman dan Fodio’s was a jihadist that created the largest empire in Africa and he was regarded as a divinely inspired “reformer of Islam. He was a warrior who fought to spread Islam across Africa countries of Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Chad, Central African Republic, and Sudan. Usman dan fodio was the most important reforming leader of the western Sudan region also known as the Fulani Empire. He will be remember for championing Fulani empire and the 12 caliphate in Africa . He is regarded as the one who spread Islamic religion across most countries in Africa.