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Dexnell G.L. Peters

was born Raymond Quevedo on 24 March 1892 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He was born to a Trinidadian mother and Venezuelan father. Quevedo won a government scholarship, receiving his secondary education at St. Mary’s College or the College of Immaculate Conception, a prestigious Port of Spain school. He likely spent the years 1904 to 1908 at the college. It should be noted that secondary education at the time was a privilege only afforded to those of the wealthier classes or those able to attain one of the few available government scholarships. Although this privilege allowed Quevedo the opportunity to pursue various career options, he eventually decided to become a calypsonian and later was popularly known by the sobriquet “Attila the Hun.” In 1911 he sang his first calypso publicly and later began singing in calypso tents venues where calypsonians performed regularly and where he grew tremendously ...


Aaron Myers

Born in Recife, Brazil, into an aristocratic and politically active family, Joaquim Nabuco spent the first eight years of his life on his family's large Sugar plantation in the northeastern province of Pernambuco. He later moved with his parents to Rio de Janeiro, then attended the prestigious law academies of São Paulo and Recife. At the former he met Antônio De Castro Alves, “the Poet of the Slaves,” and the abolitionist Rui Barbosa. Between 1873 and 1876 he made several trips to Europe and the United States, where he learned about abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, in the process strengthening his belief in abolition.

Nabuco opposed slavery for moral reasons At the age of eight he became aware of the cruelties of slavery when a slave from a nearby plantation approached him and begged to be purchased by Nabuco s family explaining that his ...


Jeremy Rich

Congolese religious leader and politician, was born into a Kikongo-speaking family in the late 1940s. In 1969 while studying chemistry at the University of Lovanium in Kinshasa Zaire present day Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Nsemi claimed he heard God speak to him He had decided to fast for a month to prepare himself for an encounter with spiritual forces in order to find a way to rescue people of African descent from oppression and misery God said to the young student In order to give a new revelation to Africa for a new time I sent the Kikongo speaking religious leader Simon Kimbangu However he did not finish his mission You are the one I choose to perfect Kimbangu s work because it has left the correct path The Kongo religion will be the soul of the Black African renaissance Nsemi who claimed to never have had ...


Moses Masibo

Kenyan politician and journalist, was born in the Uyoma part of the Bondo district on the shores of Lake Victoria. He received his education at the Church Missionary Society School in Maseno. Thereafter he trained as a journalist. He married two wives; the elder wife, who died in 1992, was called Jedida, and the second was Loice Anyango. Oneko had eleven children: seven sons and four daughters.

Oneko began his public life as a journalist with a small but popular weekly Luo newspaper called Ramogi in 1945. He chose the name Ramogi for historical reasons it was derived from the great great grandfather of the Luo from the Nile region Oneko believed that the newspaper s name would remind the Luo people of their historical and cultural heritage But perhaps more important was his endeavor to use the newspaper to educate and galvanize the Luo into resistance ...


Richard Pankhurst

pioneer Ethiopian educationist, parliamentarian, and author, was much influenced by an unusual family background. She was the daughter of Kentiba Gebre Egziabher Desta (aka Gebru Desta), a much traveled Protestant convert. Having studied with missionaries at Saint Chrischona in Switzerland, he served in the Ethiopian government and was briefly president of Emperor Haile Selassie’s senate, established in 1930. Her mother, Weyzero Kasaye Yelamtu, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, nevertheless brought up her children in that faith. Senedu was, however, enrolled as a child in the Swedish Protestant mission school in Addis Ababa but persuaded the emperor to send her and her sister Yubdar to St. Chrischona, where their father had studied.

Returning to Ethiopia immediately prior to the Italian invasion she began her educational career by teaching at Saint George s School a small primary school situated near the Addis Ababa church of that name At about this time she ...