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Abdurahman, Abdullah (1872–1940), political leader and physician, was born on 18 December 1872 in Wellington, a country town in south-western Cape Colony, the eldest son of the nine children of Abdul Arraman (also known as Rahman), small trader and civic figure, who was a patron of ...

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Bailey, Sir Abraham [Abe], first baronet (1864–1940), financier and politician in South Africa, was born at Cradock, Cape Colony, on 6 November 1864, the only son of Thomas Bailey (d. 1905) of Keighley, Yorkshire, a shopkeeper of Queenstown, which he represented in the ...

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Bain, James Thompson (1860–1919), trade unionist in South Africa, was born at Dudhope Crescent, Dundee, on 6 March 1860, the third child of Andrew Bain and his wife, Eliza, née Thomson. His parents were both mill workers. At the age of seven he started work in a factory. At sixteen he joined the ...

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Ballinger [née Hodgson], (Violet) Margaret Livingstone (1894–1980), university teacher and politician in South Africa, was born at 4 Waverley Terrace, Glasgow, on 11 January 1894, the third of four children born to John Hodgson (1860–1927), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Lillias Robertson, ...

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Bambatha ka Mancinza (1865/6–1906), chief and rebel in Natal, was born in 1865 or 1866 in the Umvoti division of the British colony of Natal. He was the son of the chief Mancinza (also called Sobhuza) ka Jangeni (d. 1883) and a daughter of the Chunu chief ...

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Banana, Canaan Sodindo (1936–2003), president of Zimbabwe, was born in Esiphezini, near Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, on 5 March 1936. His mother, Jese, was Ndebele, but his father, Aaron Banana, was a migrant worker from Nyasaland. He studied to become a teacher at the ...

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Canaan Sodindo Banana (1936–2003) by unknown photographer, 1986 Getty Images

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Banda, Hastings Kamuzu (c. 1898–1997), president of Malawi, was born in a small village near the trading centre Kasungu in the British protectorate of Nyasaland, the son of Mphonongo Banda and his wife, Akupinganyama Phiri. (He later gave 1906 as his year of birth.) His parents were ...

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Hastings Kamuzu Banda (c. 1898–1997) by Rex Coleman for Baron Studios, 1964 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Binns, Sir Henry (1837–1899), politician in Natal, son of Henry Binns (1810–1880) [see under Binns family] of Sunderland and Croydon, and Elizabeth Bowron (d. 1855), was born at Sunderland, co. Durham, on 27 June 1837, and educated at Ackworth and ...