Alyssa Franz

Student Historian

Alyssa Franz is an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Seattle, working to attain her major in history. With her goal of becoming a high school history teacher, she is pursuing different paths of history courses and has an interest in African American history.
She plans to attend the University of Washington to get a Masters’ Degree in history.

General Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon (1934- )

Yakubu Gowon, Nigerian head of state during its civil war, was born in Northern Nigeria in 1934. Gowon joined the Nigerian army in 1954, and became a Second Lieutenant on his 21st birthday in 1955. From this point until 1966, Gowon was a professional soldier … Read MoreGeneral Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon (1934- )

Buganda (c. late 14th century-present)

Buganda, the largest of the medieval kingdoms in present-day Uganda, became an important and powerful state during the 19th century. Established in the late 14th century along the shore of Lake Victoria, it evolved around its founding kabaka (king) Kintu, who came to the region … Read MoreBuganda (c. late 14th century-present)

Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (c. 1896-1997)

Hastings Banda, the first president of Malawi, was initially presented to the Malawi people by British Colonial officials as the best person who could lead them into independence. Later as the country’s self-declared “life president,” Banda transformed this African democracy into a repressive dictatorship that … Read MoreDr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (c. 1896-1997)