Courtney Faal

Independent Historian

Courtney Faal is currently working on her BA at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She hopes to complete her degree in International Studies with a focus on African Studies.  After graduation Courtney hopes to work in West Africa.

Benjamin Nnamdi “Zik” Azikiwe (1904-1996)

Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first President of Nigeria and was instrumental in founding a string of newspapers across Nigeria. Azikiwe was born on November 16, 1904 in Zungeru which was then the capital of Northern Nigeria. His father, Chukwumeka Azikiwe, was a civil servant in … Read MoreBenjamin Nnamdi “Zik” Azikiwe (1904-1996)

Wangari Muta Maathai (1940-2011)

Image Courtesy of The Nobel Foundation Sixty-four-year-old Wangari Maathai, the most prominent environmental activist in Africa, was the 2004 recipient of the Alfred Nobel Peace Prize.  Wangari Muta was born on April 1, 1940 in Ihithe, Nyeri Province, Kenya during British colonial rule.  Her family … Read MoreWangari Muta Maathai (1940-2011)

Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua (1824?-1857?)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua’s biography is the only known biography of a former slave from Brazil. Baquaqua was born around 1824 near Djougou in modern day Benin to a Muslim merchant family.  Baquaqua was captured from Djougou in 1845 while acting as … Read MoreMahommah Gardo Baquaqua (1824?-1857?)