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Abdou Diouf

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

(b. 7 Mar. 1935).

President of Senegal 1981–2000 Born in Louga, he was educated at the University of Dakar, and graduated in law from the University of Paris. Upon his return to...

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Afrikaner

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

A term originally used to describe a person born in South Africa rather than Europe; in the twentieth century it was used to denote a White person whose first language was Afrikaans....

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Alpha Oumar Konaré

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 1946).

President of Mali, 1992–2002Educated in Mali and Warsaw, Poland, where he received a doctorate in history. He returned to Mali, and in 1978 became Minister of Youth,...

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Black Consciousness

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

An awareness of the identity, aspirations, and commonality of the Black peoples of the world by those of African origin. In the 1920s it developed rapidly in the USA, where Marcus Garvey...

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Denis Sassou-Nguesso

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 1943).

President of the Republic of Congo, 1979–92, 1997–  An officer in the Congolese army, he participated in various coups in the 1960s and early 1970s. In 1979, he became...

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Frederick Chiluba

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

1943–President of Zambia.

Frederick Chiluba was born in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia). The son of Bemba-speaking miners, Chiluba was too poor to finish school, so...

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Idi Amin

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

(b. West Nile, Uganda, 1925; d. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 16 Aug. 2003)

Ugandan; army commander 1966–71, head of state 1971–9 A member of the Kakwa ethnic group from north-west Uganda,...

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João Bernardo Vieira

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

1939–President of Guinea-Bissau from 1980 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2009.

João Bernardo Vieira was born in Bissau and trained first as an electrician and later as a ...

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Joaquim Chissano

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

1939–Statesman and president of Mozambique.

Born in Malehice, Chibuto District, Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique), Joaquim Chissano enjoyed a privileged youth and an education...

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Joseph Boakye Danquah

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 21 Dec. 1895, d. 4 Feb. 1965).

Ghanaian nationalist leader Born in Bepong, he became a law clerk at 17 and then secretary to his brother, a tribal chief. He studied law at the...

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