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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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Cary [née Shadd], Mary Ann Camberton (1823–1893), schoolmistress, newspaper editor, and political activist, was born on 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, eldest of thirteen children of Abraham Doras Shadd (1801–1882), a shoemaker, and his wife, Harriet Parnell (1806–1880). Free African Americans in a slave state, prominent in the anti-slavery and negro convention movements, her family moved to ...

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Mary Ann Camberton Cary (1823–1893) by unknown photographer, c. 1845–55 National Archives of Canada / C-029977

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Xuma, Alfred Bitini (1893–1962), politician and physician in South Africa, was born at Manzana, Engcobo district, Thembuland, in the Transkei, Cape Colony, on 8 March 1893. He was the seventh child of the Wesleyan converts Abraham Mangali Xuma, farmer and lay preacher, and ...