Alassane Ouattara
(1942- )

Alassane Ouattara was born Alassane Dramane Ouattara, on born January 1, 1942, in Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). A member of the Islamic Dioula people, Ouattara was first elected president of Côte d’Ivoire in 2010. His brother is Téné Birahima Ouattara. In 1965, Ouattara received a Bachelor of Science … Read MoreAlassane Ouattara
(1942- )

Faustin-Archange Touadera
(1957- )

The current president of the Central African Republic (CAR) is Faustin-Archange Touadera who was born on April 21, 1957, in Bangui, the capital. His father was a driver and farmer. Touadera attended school in Bangui. His secondary school was Barthelemy Boganda College. He then attended … Read MoreFaustin-Archange Touadera
(1957- )

Mamady Doumbouya (1980- )

On October 1, 2021, Mamady Doumbouya was sworn in as the interim president of Guinea. This was after the former president, Alpha Conde, was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by Doumbouya on September 5, 2021. Mamady Doumbouya was born in Kankan, Guinea on March 4, … Read MoreMamady Doumbouya (1980- )

Synthia SAINT JAMES (1949- )

Synthia SAINT JAMES minidoc Born on February 11, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, Synthia SAINT JAMES is a self-taught multimedia visual artist, author, and educator who is known for her multicultural figurative paintings. Her paintings have graced the covers of over 75 books including the … Read MoreSynthia SAINT JAMES (1949- )

TransAtlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

In the article below, culinary historian Diane M. Spivey describes the centuries-old diaspora of African foods and cooking traditions in North and South America. Africa has been a major contributor to the cuisine of North and South America although this contribution has long been overlooked, … Read MoreTransAtlantic Food Migration: The African Culinary Influence on the Cuisine of the Americas

John William, a.k.a Ernest Armand Huss (1922-2011)

Ivorian–French pop singer John William was born Ernest Armand Huss on October 9, 1922 in the coastal town of Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). He was born to a Frenchman, Ernest Charles Huss, and an Ivorian woman, Henriette Amoussan, with whom he never had much acquaintance. At … Read MoreJohn William, a.k.a Ernest Armand Huss (1922-2011)

William D. Clarke, Sr. (1941- )

Ambassador William Davis Clark was born in 1941.  Currently, he is retired and resides with his wife, Katsuko M. Clarke, in Maryland.  Clarke has two sons William Clarke Jr. and Robert Clarke, and one daughter, Christina Armstrong.  In 1963, Clarke earned his bachelor’s degree at … Read MoreWilliam D. Clarke, Sr. (1941- )