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Brian Holton Nigeria British translator

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Brian Holton (born 11 July 1949) is the translator of Chinese “Misty” poet Yang Lian. He translates into English and Scots, and is the only currently-publishing Chinese-Scots translator in the world. BIOGRAPHY Early life Holton was born in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland, but spent his early years from 1949-1955 in Lagos, …

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Bola Agbaje Nigeria Laurence Olivier Award winner

Bola Agbaje (born c. 1981) is an award-winning British playwright of Nigerian origin, who is under commission with Paines Plough and Tiata Fahodzi. BIOGRAPHY Agbaje was born in London. She briefly lived in Nigeria from the age of six to eight but now lives in Greenwich. She has a degree …

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Bode Sowande Nigeria writer and dramatist

Bode Sowande (born 2 May 1948) is a Nigerian writer and dramatist, known for the theatric aesthetic of his plays about humanism and social change. He comes from a breed of writers in Nigeria that favors a post-traditional social and political landscape where the individual is the creator and maker …

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Bobby Benson Nigeria musician

Bobby Benson Nigeria musician

Bernard Olabinjo “Bobby” Benson (11 April 1922 – 14 May 1983) was an entertainer and musician who had considerable influence on the Nigerian music scene, introducing big band and Caribbean idioms to the Highlife style of popular West African music. LIFE Bernard Olabinjo Benson was born on 11 April 1922 …

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Ben Enwonwu Nigeria Artist

Ben Enwonwu Nigeria Artist

Odinigwe Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (14 July 1917 – 5 February 1994), better known as Ben Enwonwu was a Nigerian painter and sculptor. He is one of the pioneers whose career opened the way for the postcolonial proliferation and increased visibility of modern African art. His work has been exhibited around …

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Kokoro Nigeria musician

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Benjamin ‘Kokoro’ Aderounmu (25 February 1925 – 25 January 2009) was a widely known blind minstrel from Lagos, Nigeria. He was born into a royal family in Owo, Ondo State, and became blind when he was aged ten. He developed a unique style of singing accompanied first by a drum, …

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Mamman Shata Nigeria musician

Mamman Shata Nigeria musician

Alhaji (Dr) Mamman Shata (born in 1923 in Musawa, Katsina State, Nigeria, died on 18 June 1999) was a Nigerian singer. He was a well-known Hausa griot/musician among the Hausa people of West and North-east Africa. His vocals were often accompanied by talking drums, known as kalangu. He performed for …

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Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey Nigeria naval officer

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Vice Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey was a Nigerian naval officer who served, at various times, as head of the Nigerian Navy (i.e. Chief of Naval Staff), acting Foreign Minister, and Chief of Staff of the Supreme Headquarters, making him the de facto Vice President of Nigeria during Yakubu Gowon’s …

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Moustapha Alassane Nigeria Filmmaker

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Moustapha Alassane (1942–17 March 2015) was a Nigerien filmmaker. BIOGRAPHY Born in 1942 in N’Dougou (Niger), Moustapha Alassane graduated in mechanics. However, in the Rouch IRSH in Niamey he learns the cinematographic technique and becomes one of its main researchers. Jean Rouch allows Alassane’s education and accommodation in Canada, where …

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Adebayo Faleti Nigeria actor

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Adebayo Faleti (born 26 December 1930) is a Nigerian poet, journalist, writer and actor. He is also known as a Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV). He was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English …

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