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Josephine Dawuni

Ghanaian journalist, writer, political and gender activist with ancestral roots in both Sierra Leone and Ghana, was born to Francis Thomas Dove, an accomplished barrister at law and Madam Eva Buckman, a Ga businesswoman. In 1933, Mabel Dove married Dr. J. B. Danquah, a leading figure of the anti- imperialist independence movement; the couple had one son. Mabel Dove Danquah’s formative years began in Sierra Leone, where at the early age of six, she attended the prestigious Annie Walsh Memorial School, the oldest girls’ school in Sierra Leone. After receiving her primary and secondary education in Sierra Leone, she went to England, where she attended the Anglican Covenant in Bury and then St. Michael’s College. She then proceeded to take a four-month course at Gregg Commercial College in secretarial training.

In 1926 at the age of twenty one Danquah took her first job as a shorthand typist with Elder ...

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Hannington Ochwada

first Kenyan vice president, was born at Nyamira Kang’o among the Luo people of Sakwa, Kenya, and christened Obadiah Adonijah in the Anglican Church. His father, a woodworker, was called Odinga, son of Rayila, and his mother was Opondo Nyar Magolo. The family also farmed for a living and kept some animals. After a few years of home schooling from his eldest stepbrother, Abisai Ajuang’, Odinga commenced his formal education in 1926 at Maranda Primary School. He went to Maseno School three years later, joining Alliance High School in 1934 and within two years received a scholarship to Makerere College to study teaching. In 1939 he graduated from Makerere University College with a diploma in education.

After graduating from college Odinga returned to teach at Maseno for four years before moving on to Maseno Veterinary School as headmaster Throughout his career as a teacher he was opposed to the overly ...

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Robert Fay

After his death in 1994, Oginga Odinga was described by Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi as a “patriotic citizen,” ironic praise for a man who spent most of his career in opposition to the government. As Moi also noted, Odinga was a nationalist as well, a teacher who became a leading member of the independence struggle while president of the Luo Union from 1952to1957 . In addition, he was one of the first Africans to be directly elected to the colonial government’s legislative council.

In 1960 Odinga, with fellow Luo Tom Mboya, founded the Kenya African National Union (KANU). After Kenya achieved independence in December 1963 he served briefly in Jomo Kenyatta’s administration, first as minister for home affairs and then as vice president. But Odinga’s political beliefs lay considerably to the left of Kenyatta’s, and in 1966 he resigned to form the Kenya People s Union ...