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February
2017
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City Icon – Michelle McLean-Bailey, Namibia

“My priority would be with the children of Namibia, because (children) are the foundation of every nation.” – Michelle McLean Former beauty queen and model, Michelle McLean-Bailey became the first Namibian to win the Miss Universe title and the first person from Africa since Margaret Gardiner of South Africa clinched the crown in 1978. Born …

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February
2017
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's marathon in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 12, 2012.                 REUTERS/Mark Blinch (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

City Icon: Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)

“People got inspired. I was now being compared with John Akii-Bua, a man I never met but only got to know from my teachers in primary school that he was a very strong man.” Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich won the gold medal of the marathon event at the 2012 Olympics in London, the first gold ...

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February
2017
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City Icon -Fatou Bensouda, The Gambia

“I am an African I am proud of that. But…it is not because I am an African that I was chosen for this position. I think my track record speaks for myself…” – Fatou Bensouda Gambian lawyer, Fatou Bensouda became the first woman and first African to hold the office of the Chief Prosecutor of …

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January
2017
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City Icon: Fatuma binti Baraka – Zanzibar

Our city icon for this week is no other than Fatuma binti Baraka (c.1910s – 17 April 2013)  also known as Bi Kidude. She was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music and was inspired by Siti binti Saad. Bi Kidude was born in the village of Mfagimaringo and was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. …

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January
2017
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City Icon: AYUB OGADA, Mombasa

“I am not sure as to why many love or chose my music but my approach is simplicity.” – Ayub Ogada Folk songwriter, percussionist and musician, Ayub Ogada is considered today as one of the greatest Kenyan artistes of all time. A descendant of the proud Luo people of western Kenya, Ayub was born in ...

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December
2016
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CITY ICON -Pete Edochie: Reminiscing “Things Fall Apart”

“I am a professional through and through and secondly, in all modesty, I am a role model to a lot of people who see me and believe in whatever I represent. I think it’s some virtue for me. And it’s not my intention to let them down. Societal expectations compel moral rectitude and I don’t …

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December
2016
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City Icon: DANYÈL WARO; La Reunion

“Our reality is deeply mixed but the conscience doesn’t always follow that. Up in the head there is always that desire to be pure, pure white maybe, but pure Indian or pure black as well. That is why I talk about bâtarsité. It’s my way of saying let’s look at ourselves, in the mirror, look …

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November
2016
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City Icon: DJ ROXXI (Deshnie Govender), Durban

“If you’re passionate about the industry, then find a way to get yourself in. One ‘no’ should not set you back; just believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, so be ready to tackle an opportunity at any time.” DJ Roxxi (Deshnie Govender) Within a short ...

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November
2016
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City Icon: Leila Lopes, Angola

“As Miss Universe, I want to show the world that there is more to Africa than poverty, hunger and disease. I want people to know that Africa has a lot to offer and that my country Angola is not only beautiful, but it is a country that is developing socially, economically and culturally.” Leila Lopes. ...

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October
2016
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City Icon: EMMANUEL DONGALA – Chemist and Poet (Brazzaville)

“When these conflicts start, there’s a reason. But after a while, nobody knows why people are fighting. The militias start by being on one side, and then they become autonomous, and they don’t know why they are fighting anymore – except for the loot, for the power.” – Emmanuel Dongala - Chemist and Poet (Brazzaville) ...

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October
2016
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City Icon: Sam Matekane, Lesotho

“When you have a vision, nothing can stop you.” Popularly known as Mosotho or Herd boy, Sam Matekane came from humble beginning to become one of the richest businessmen in Lesotho. There is little information about Sam Matekane’s childhood, except that he grew up in the mountains and had minimal education. Without formal business training ...

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October
2016
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City Icon: Nwankwo Kanu (Owerri, Nigeria)

Arguably the greatest Nigerian football player and one of the most gifted and intelligent, Nwankwo Kanu is a two-time CAF African Footballer of the Year, and one of the most decorated Nigerian – and indeed African – soccer legends. Affectionately referred to as Papilo, Nwankwo Kanu was born on August 1, 1976 in Owerri the ...

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September
2016
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City Icon: Rozalla, The Queen of Rave (Ndola)

Apart from the border between them, there is so much shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe and these include the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the wonders of the world, the majestic Mosi-oa-Tunya commonly referred to as Victoria Falls. There is also the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba; and of course ...

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September
2016
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City Icon: Rabah Madjer, Algiers

“That match is the greatest memory I have of my career. I scored a goal, I set up another and I won a title that will always be with me. I never thought for a moment I would end up playing in a match like that.” In 1987, Algerian football legend, Rabah Madjer became the ...

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September
2016
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City Icon: Alda Neves da Graça do Espírito Santo – Sao Tome

Alda Neves da Graça do Espírito Santo (1926-2010) “Working, struggling, struggling and conquering, We go ahead with giant steps In the crusade of the African peoples Raising the national flag.” – From Independência Total (national anthem of São Tomé e Principe)  On the 30th of April 1926 in São Tomé city, São Tomé e Principe, ...

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September
2016
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City Icon: Papiss Demba Cisse – Senegal

Senegalese international football player, Papiss Demba Cissé holds the record for the most goals scored by an African player in the German Bundesliga in a single season campaign. His tally of 22 goals scored in the 2010-11 season beat Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ghanaian international, Tony Yeboah’s tally of 20 from 1992-93 Bundesliga season. Papiss Demba Cissé ...

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September
2016
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City Icon – Wayde Van Nierkerk (Johannesburg)

“When I got over the finish line, I felt like a proud South African, not a proud colored South African. I’m happy and proud to be an ambassador for my country.” Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m track and field, Wayde van Nierkerk of South Africa holds the distinction of being the ...

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August
2016
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City Icon – Eric Moussambani, Equatorial Guinea

“The Olympic Games was something unknown for me. I was just happy that I was going to travel abroad and represent my country. It was new for me. It was very far from Africa.” Nicknamed by the media as Eric the Eel, Olympian and Equatorial Guinea swimmer, Eric Moussambani achieved worldwide fame at the Sydney ...

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July
2016
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City Icon: Frankie Fredericks, Windhoek

Frankie Fredericks, Windhoek “I basically believe in the Heavenly Father, and I believe He gave us all these talent and I’m making the best out of it.” Former athletics world champion and four times Olympic silver medalist, Frankie Fredericks is the only man to have run the 200m (Indoors) under 20secs, holding the world record …

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July
2016
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City Icon – Mekatilili Wa Menza, Kenya

“We are not to fear the Europeans!” – Mekatilili Mekatilili Wa Menza was a fearless Kenyan heroine of Giriama extraction who led her people to challenge the British on the exploitation in the colonial times. Born in Mutsara wa Tsatsu, a village of the Giriama sometime between 1840 and 1860, Mekatilili was the only girl …

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July
2016
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City Icon – HRH Sikhanyiso Dlamini (Princess Pashu of Swaziland)

“I know that my mother has set the bar high for me, by being an advocate… I also want to contribute meaningfully to our beautiful country.” – HRH Sikhanyiso Dlamini (Princess Pashu of Swaziland) Princess Pashu radiates such an aura of brilliance and vibrancy around her that you cannot help but like her. Born on ...

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June
2016
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City Icon: Nezha Bidouane: The Atlas Gazelle (Rabat)

“As life goes on, I realize that there are two goals in my life and nothing more. That of properly raising my two children, and to serve my country. The rest is unimportant.” (Translated from French). Olympic medalist and two-times world champion, Rabat city icon: Nezha Bidouane of Morocco holds the African record 52.90secs in the …

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June
2016
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City Icon: Stephen Keshi: The ‘Big Boss’ takes a Bow

“Our audacity to rise from our losses makes Nigeria the number one footballing nation in Africa!” “It’s only football. There’s more to life than that.” “That’s the way the game is. When you lose, you learn from it, you grow from it.” Stephen Keshi (23 January 1962 – 8 June 2016). Those are the immortal …

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May
2016
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City Icon: Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar

“Before the Madagascan people and before God, I swear that I will do my utmost for the good of the people and I swear that I will respect Madagascar’s laws.” – Andry Nirina Rajoelina On March 21, 2009, professional DJ turned politician, Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as President of the Haute Autorité de Transition …

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