Academic Historian

Otis D. Alexander, Library Director at Saint John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, Florida, has also directed academic and public libraries in the District of Columbia, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia. In addition, he has been a library manager in the Virgin Islands of the United States as well as in the Republic of Liberia. His research has appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Lives, and Virginia Library Journal. Alexander received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of the District of Columbia and the Master of Library & Information Science degree from Ball State University. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from International University and studied additionally at Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership for Academic Librarians, Oberlin Conservatory of Music Voice Performance Pedagogy, and Atlanta University School of Library & Information Studies.

Mohamed Younis al-Menfi
(1976- )

His Excellency Mohamed Younis al-Menfi, the 16th Head of State of Libya, was born on March 3, 1976, in Tobruk, Libya. He is a graduate of Tobruk University in East Libya. Al-Menfi has been married two times. His first marriage was to Amira al-Hassi in … Read MoreMohamed Younis al-Menfi
(1976- )

Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
(1947- )

Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, the President of Djibouti, was born on November 27, 1947, in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia to Omar Guelleh and Moumina Rirache into the Mamassans clan of the Issa. Upon completing a traditional Islamic secondary school in 1968, he worked as a civil servant … Read MoreIsmaïl Omar Guelleh
(1947- )

Julius Maada Wonie Bio
(1964- )

His Excellency, Julius Maada Wonie Bio, the current president of Sierra Leone, was born on May 12, 1964, in Tihun, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone. Julius’ father was Charlie Bio II, a Sherbro Paramount Chief of Sogbini Chiefdom, who had nine wives. Julius’ biological mother’s name … Read MoreJulius Maada Wonie Bio
(1964- )

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (1955- )

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the current President of Somalia, Union for Peace and Development Party leader, and member of the Abgaal Hawiye clan, was born on November 29, 1955, in the town of Jalalaqsi, in the south-central Hiran province of Somalia. Mohamud attended primary and secondary … Read MoreHassan Sheikh Mohamud (1955- )

Évariste “Neva” Ndayishimiye (1968- )

General Évariste Ndayishimiye, the current President of Burundi, was born on June 17, 1968, in Giheta, Burundi. After serving in the Burundi Army for decades, in 1991, he began studies in law at the Université du Burundi in Bujumbura. However, during his second year in … Read MoreÉvariste “Neva” Ndayishimiye (1968- )

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani
(1956- )

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, was born Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed Ould Ghazouani on December 31, 1956, in Boumdeid in the Assaba Region of Mauritania. The names of his father and mother are not available but his father was … Read MoreMohamed Ould Ghazouani
(1956- )

Sekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane (1918-1986)

Chief Sekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane, the first prime minister of Basutoland in the Drakensberg Mountains and a descendant of King Moshesh, the first son of Mokhachane, a minor chief of the Bamokoteli lineage, was born on May 4, 1918, in Mount Moorosi, Basutoland, now the country … Read MoreSekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane (1918-1986)

Philip Edward “Brave” Davis (1951- )

The Honorable Philip Edward “Brave” Davis, the fifth Prime Minister of The Bahamas and litigation lawyer, was born June 7, 1951, in Cat Island to Brave Edward Davis, a firefighter from Old Bight, Cat Island, and Dorothy Smith Davis, a housekeeper from Alexander, Great Exuma. … Read MorePhilip Edward “Brave” Davis (1951- )