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Famous People from Africa

Name these famous Africans, past and present.
Nation refers to the modern-day nation where they lived, even if it didn't exist at the time
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First submittedJanuary 10, 2014
Last updatedMay 1, 2018
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Clue
Nation
Person
Became president after spending 27 years in prison
South Africa
Nelson Mandela
First African to score 100 Premier League goals for Chelsea
Ivory Coast
Didier Drogba
Egyptian pharaoh and lover of Caesar
Egypt
Cleopatra
UN Secretary General from 1997-2006
Ghana
Kofi Annan
Former Libyan dictator and colonel ousted in the Libyan civil war
Libya
Muammar Gaddafi
Soulful singer of "Smooth Operator" and "The Sweetest Taboo"
Nigeria
Sade
First black archbishop of Cape Town and apartheid opponent
South Africa
Desmond Tutu
Egyptian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Egypt
Anwar Sadat
Very skinny NBA player with an 8'6" wingspan
Sudan
Manute Bol
Former Ethiopian emperor and Rastafarian Messiah
Ethiopia
Haile Selassie
Zimbabwe dictator whose policies have caused economic havoc
Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe
Director of "District 9" and "Elysium"
South Africa
Neill Blomkamp
R&B singer of "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You"
Senegal
Akon
Former NBA center known as "The Dream"
Nigeria
Hakeem Olajuwon
Golfer with 9 major championships
South Africa
Gary Player
Exiled Ugandan dictator
Uganda
Idi Amin
First Egyptian president unseated during revolution in 2011
Egypt
Hosni Mubarak
"Blood Diamond" and "Gladiator" actor
Benin
Djimon Hounsou
Bishop of Hippo who wrote "Confessions"
Algeria
St. Augustine
Warrior king who united the Zulu people
South Africa
Shaka
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level 76
Feb 25, 2014
Couldn't figure out how to spell Olajuwon..
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level 71
Feb 25, 2014
Took me ages to stumble on the correct spelling for Selassie. Tried Selassi, Sellassi, Haile Selassi, Ras Tafari...
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level 45
Feb 25, 2014
Glad to see Mandela is still 100%
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level 69
Feb 25, 2014
Knew Shaka only because he was the Zulu king in Civilization III.
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level 34
Feb 25, 2014
My hat is off to South Africa.
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level 83
Feb 25, 2014
Dammit, my one chance to get credit for knowing Charlize Theron is from South Africa, and she's not even on the quiz.
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level 71
Nov 12, 2016
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and cofounder of Paypal is also South African.
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level 73
Dec 14, 2016
South Africa is pretty well represented on here. I wanted people from other countries as well. You could likely do a quiz that is just famous people from South Africa, but I wanted a bit more diversity.
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level 80
Jul 8, 2016
Wasn't Cleopatra actually Greek? I would suggest Hatsepshut as a better choice.
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level 73
Jul 11, 2016
Nope. Born in Alexandria.
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level 73
Dec 13, 2016
But from a Greek (Macedonian) dinasty. However she's still "from Africa", like Konstantinos Kavafis, Georges Moustaki or Demis Roussos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeks_in_Egypt#Notable_Greeks_from_Egypt
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level 79
Dec 28, 2016
Helen Folasade is Sade's real name, yet it is not allowed as a type-in. Though Sade is definitely what she was artistically known as, Helen Folasade should at least be accepted.
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level 73
Dec 28, 2016
Pedandistry 101 - Requiring the real names of people who go by incredibly well known stage names. Slash, Jay-Z, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Vanilla Ice, Mark Twain, and the list goes on ad-nauseam. I don't think anyone is actually expecting Saul Hudson, Shawn Carter, Madonna Ciccone, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Robert Van Winkle, or Samuel Clemens to be accepted.
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level 38
Mar 10, 2018
Kudos to you, Buck! - And ten to one, they wouldn't the real names if they slapped them in the face.
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level 79
Mar 14, 2017
Kept wondering why Ernie Els wasn't working for the South African golfer...
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level 44
May 3, 2019
What about Freddie Mercury for Tanzania and Elon Musk for South Africa?
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level 54
Jul 7, 2019
Myriam Makeba should be in this test