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David Dabydeen

Africanjournalist and nationalist born in Egypt of Egyptian and Sudanese parentage. At the age of 9 or 10 Ali was sent to England to be educated. He never returned to Egypt and spent most of his time between 1883 and 1921 living in Britain. During this period, he was poverty‐stricken, attempting to earn a living through his pen and tour acting. Ali published Land of the Pharaohs in 1911, an anti‐imperialist book that became a significant contribution to the decolonization efforts in the United States and West Africa.

In 1912Ali and John Eldred Taylor, a journalist from Sierra Leone, inaugurated the African Times and Orient Review (1912–20), a magazine that sought to deal with anti‐colonial issues that not merely embraced Pan‐African matters, but incorporated Pan‐Oriental topics as well. The journal was inspired by the Universal Races Congress in London in 1911 which advocated ...

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J. Ayo Langley

In his lifetime (1866–1945), Duse Mohamed Ali, actor, historian of Egypt, newspaper editor, Pan-Africanist, Pan-Islamist, and promoter of African American and African trade and investment, was known to African American leaders such as Booker T. Washington, the principal of Tuskegee Institute, and Washington’s successor, R. R. Moton. He was also known to Arthur W. Schomberg, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founding father of African American history, and W. T. Ferris, author of The African Abroad (1913). He was known to African nationalist leaders, public intellectuals, merchants, and lawyers, particularly to West Africans. His book In the Land of the Pharaohs (1911) and monthly journal The African Times and Orient Review, “a monthly journal devoted to the interests of the colored races of the world,” played an important role in increasing his public outside Britain.

According to his autobiography serialized ...

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Nate Plageman

Ghanaian musician and pioneer of guitar band highlife music and concert party theater, was born in Dunkwa in the Gold Coast’s Central Region. His first musical experience came at the age of eighteen when he joined one of Dunkwa’s konkoma groups, the “See There Band.” Konkoma, a percussion-driven style of brass-band highlife, first emerged in southern Gold Coast towns during the early 1930s, when it became popular among young men and migrant laborers. Despite his enthusiasm for the group, Okai’s family frowned upon his musical activities. Ultimately, his elder brother removed him from the group by sending him to Accra, where Okai studied tailoring under the care of a family friend.

In the end the forced sojourn fostered not squashed Okai s musical interests His tailoring tutor Appiah Adjekum was also a musician who had recently formed his own palmwine guitar band a highlife ensemble that combined imported elements ...