While there are many Africans who have done great things, this list is made up of the most famous people to come from the continent.
10. Yaa Asantewaa
Queen of Ejisu, Ghana, who led the Asantes in war against the British in 1900.
A brave anti-colonial freedom fighter.
9. Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya’s first president. He was a beacon and rallying point for the country’s
fight for independence. The father of modern Kenya.
8. Olusegun Obasanjo
President of Nigeria. A former military officer who voluntarily gave up power
to civilians in 1979. He was returned to power in 1999 to save a worsening situation.
7. Shaka Zulu
A Zulu king and military genius. An empire builder who wanted to unite all Zulu chiefdoms into one strong Zulu nation for the benefit of all Zulus.
6. Kofi Annan
UN secretary general. Africa’s greatest diplomat of all time.
5. Steve Biko
South African activist tortured to death by the apartheid police. He famously said: “the greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”.
4. Patrice Lumumba
A pan African hero and symbol of African nationalism. A martyr of the African cause.
3. Julius Nyerere
Former president of Tanzania. A great leader who refused to allow the trappings of power to corrupt him. He was respected by his country, Africa and the rest of the world.
2. Kwame Nkrumah
Former president of Ghana. He envisaged the African Union long before it became a reality.
1. Nelson Mandela
The symbol of Africa. Freedom fighter. The most recognizable face in the world.