People of Colour

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DUDU BLOG CAPTURES R&B ICON, MARVIN GAYE’S GREATEST MOMENTS

MARVIN GAYE –2 APRIL 1939-1 APRIL 1984 Marvin Gaye was an American soul singer-songwriter-producer who, to a large extent, ushered in the era of artist-controlled popular music of the 1970s. He played drum and piano. Blessed with an exceptionally wide range that encompassed three distinct vocal styles—a piercing falsetto, a...

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IN BRIEF: Jonas Savimbi

Jonas Savimbi, in full Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, (born August 3, 1934, Portuguese Angola—died February 22, 2002, near Lucusse, Angola), Angolan politician, the leader of a long-continuing guerrilla insurgency against the postindependence government of Angola. The son of a railroad stationmaster, Savimbi was educated in mission schools and won a scholarship...

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IN BRIEF: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, original name Frances Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas, also called Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, (born October 25, 1900, Abeokuta, Egbaland —died Lagos, Nigeria), Nigerian feminist and political leader who was the leading advocate of women’s rights in her country during the first half of the 20th century. Her parents were Christians of...

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Historic! Nigerian emerges Mayor of London

Ernest Ezeajughi, a Nigerian scientist has made history by winning election as the first Black Mayor of the London Borough of Brent, United Kingdom. Ezeajughi, a native of Anambra State, was elected Mayor on the April 16, 2019 by the College of Councillors on Brent, London. He was sworn into...

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IN BRIEF: JOHN SINGLETON

John Singleton, in full John Daniel Singleton, (born January 6, 1968, Los Angeles, California, U.S.—died April 29, 2019, Los Angeles), American film director and screenwriter whose films often examined urban and racial tensions. He was best known for his directorial debut, Boyz n the Hood (1991). Boyz N The Hood...

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John Singleton: Boyz N The Hood director dies aged 51

John Singleton became the first African-American nominated for a best director Oscar Oscar-nominated director John Singleton - known for films including Boyz N The Hood and his remake of detective movie Shaft - has died at the age of 51. A family statement confirmed the influential filmmaker had "passed away...

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IN BRIEF: PATRICE LUMUMBA

Patrice Lumumba, in full Patrice Hemery Lumumba, (born July 2, 1925, Onalua, Belgian Congo —died January 1961, Katanga province), African nationalist leader, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (June–September 1960). Forced out of office during a political crisis, he was assassinated a short time later....

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IN BRIEF : Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, original name James Thiong’o Ngugi, (born January 5, 1938, Limuru, Kenya), East Africa’s leading novelist, whose popular Weep Not, Child (1964) was the first major novel in English by an East African. As he became sensitized to the effects of colonialism in Africa, he adopted his traditional...

The fall of Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir

BARELY a week after Algerian dictator, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was forced out by people’s power, it was the turn of 75-year-old Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, to bite the dust after 30 years of authoritarian grip. Al-Bashir, an army paratrooper, led an Islamist junta which ousted Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi...

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IN BRIEF: BEN OKRI

 Ben Okri, (born March 15, 1959, Minna, Nigeria), Nigerian novelist, short-story writer, and poet who used magic realism to convey the social and political chaos in the country of his birth. Okri attended Urhobo College in Warri, Nigeria, and the University of Essex in Colchester, England. His first novels, Flowers...