Khalifa Haftar, a Field Marshal, born 7 November 1943 in Ajdabiya in eastern Libya. Haftar rose to the rank of colonel under Muammar Gaddafi after he helped the ambitious young army man launch a bloodless coup against King Idris in 1969. Haftar was taken prisoner by the Chadians and had to be rescued by the CIA after having worked from Chad to overthrow Gaddafi. Khalifa Belqasim Haftar Biography and Profile.
Fatou Bensouda, born 31 January 1961, a Gambian lawyer, and the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the distinguished International Court of Justice (ICJ) International Jurists Award (2009), presented by the then-President of India, P D Patil; the 2011 World Peace Through Law Award presented by the Whitney Harris World Law Institute, the American Society of International Law’s Honorary Membership Award (2014), the XXXV Peace Prize by the UN Association of Spain (2015), and the Praeses Elit Award (2015). Read Fatou Bom Bensouda Biography and Profile.
Born March 29, 1944, in Swalaba, Accra, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was raised in Accra, Ghana’s capital. He is married to Rebecca, daughter of the Speaker of the Parliament of the Third Republic of Ghana, the late Mr. Justice J.H Griffiths-Randolph. They have five children, with five grandchildren, and are both devout Church-going Christians. Three of the Big Six (founding fathers of Ghana) were Nana’s blood relatives: J.B Danquah (grand uncle), William Ofori Atta (uncle) and Edward Akufo-Addo, who became the third Chief Justice and later ceremonial President of the Republic from 1970-72, was his father. Read Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Biography and Profile.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) is a Malian politician born in Koutiala (southern Mali) on 29 January 1945. A member of Bamako since 2002, re-elected in 2007, he chairs the Rally for Mali (RPM), a party he created in 2001. He is a founding member of the Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA), the party that initiated democratic emancipation, and from 1994 to 2000 he would be president. His style of government is marked by scrupulous respect for the authority of the state and the rule of law. Read Ibrahim Boubacar Keita Biography and Profile.
Shaun Abrahams, South African lawyer and the former national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) at the National Prosecuting Authority. He was born in the Western Cape but Abrahams considers himself “a Zulu boy” because he spent so much of his childhood in KwaZulu-Natal, he told City Press soon after his appointment. Eager, hard-working, ambitious – that’s how Shaun Abrahams’ former colleagues described him soon after the advocate was appointed head of the NPA. Read Shaun Kevin Abrahams Biography and Profile.
Isiaka Adeleke, Nigerian Senator, born 15 January 1955. Isiaka, a man during his lifetime gave all he had to make his fellow human beings live a worthy life. Isiaka Adeleke, the undisputable apostle of politics without bitterness will continue to get the fullest honour and respect his memory deserves. Read Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke Biography and Profile.
Renty was called “The black African” when he was alive because he was born in Congo, Africa, the Congo. Renty also read from the Bible. Renty lived on a cotton plantation in Columbia, South Carolina, that was owned by Benjamin Franklin Taylor. “Papa Renty” took the name Renty Taylor after the Civil War. It’s unknown when he died. Tamara Lanier said: “Most importantly, I want the true story of who Renty is to be told. That’s all I’ve ever asked for.” Read Renty Biography and Profile.
Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan-Mexican actress, was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico to Kenyan parents Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o. Nyong’o was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won. She attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College. Read Lupita Amondi Nyong’o Biography and Profile.