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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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Niyi Osundare Nigeria writer

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Niyi Osundare (born in 1947 in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria) is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan (BA), the University of Leeds (MA) and York University, Canada (PhD, 1979). Previously professor (from 1989) and Head of English (1993–97) at the University …

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Majek Fashek Nigeria musician

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Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, is a Nigerian reggae singer-songwriter and guitarist. In his homeland he is best known for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience which included the single “Send Down the Rain”, winning him several awards. Also known as The Rainmaker, he has also worked with …

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Salawa Abeni Nigeria Singer

Salawa Abeni Nigeria Singer

Salawa Abeni Alidu (born May 5, 1961) is a popular Nigerian singer. An Ijebu Yoruba from Ijebu Waterside, in Ogun State, she began her professional career in waka music when she released her debut album, Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, in 1976, on Leader Records. It became the first recording …

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Noel DaCosta Nigeria composer and choral conductor

Noel DaCosta Nigeria composer and choral conductor

Noel G. DaCosta (December 24, 1929 – April 29, 2002) was a Nigerian-Jamaican composer, jazz violinist, and choral conductor. EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATIONAL CAREER Noel DaCosta was born on December 24, 1929 Lagos, Nigeria to parents from Kingston, Jamaica, who were Salvation Army missionaries. After returning to Jamaica while DaCosta …

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Kole Omotosho Nigeria writer

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Bankole Ajibabi Omotosho (born 21 April 1943), also known as Kole Omotoso, is a Nigerian writer and intellectual best known for his works of fiction and in South Africa as the “Yebo Gogo man” in adverts for the telecommunications company Vodacom. His written work is known for its dedication and …

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Okello Oculi Uganda novelist

Okello Oculi Uganda novelist

Okello Oculi (born 1942) is a Ugandan novelist, poet, and chronicler of rural African village life. Currently, he is a private political and social consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria. Before that, he served as Professor of Social & Economic Research at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. BACKGROUND He was …

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Jacob U. Egharevba Nigeria historian

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Jacob U. Egharevba (1893–1981) was a Bini historian and traditional chief whose writings specialized in the history of Benin Kingdom. LIFE Early life Egharevba was born in Idanre, Ondo State, His father was related to Ohenmwen, Iyase of Benin and his mother, Okunzuwa was the granddaughter of Ogie Ezomo 1. …

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Gabriel Okara Nigeria writer

Gabriel Okara Nigeria writer

Gabriel Imomotimi Okara (born 24 April 1921) is a Nigerian poet and novelist who was born in Bumoundi in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The first Modernist poet of Anglophone Africa, he is best known for his early experimental novel, The Voice (1964), and his award-winning poetry, published in The Fisherman’s …

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