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Bello, Sir Ahmadu [formerly Ahmadu Rabah], sardauna of Sokoto (1910–1966), premier of Northern Nigeria, was born at Rabah, a small riverain town upstream of Sokoto, one of ten half-brothers and fifteen half-sisters born to his father, Ibrahim Rabah, the district head. Both parents were ...

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Dumbuya, Alimami Dala Muhammadu [Dala Modu] (c. 1760–1841), political leader in Sierra Leone, was born in Bambouk in the upper Senegal River region, the eldest son of Fenda Muhammadu Dumbuya and Mama Dalu of Bambouk. He was a member of the Dumbuya, one of the most distinguished merchant (...

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Garba-Jahumpa, Ibrahima Momodou (1912–1994), schoolteacher and politician in Gambia, was born in Bathurst (Banjul), capital of the British colony of Gambia, in 1912, the son of Momodou Jahumpa, a shipwright and senior figure in the local Mohammedan Society, whose family had emigrated to ...

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Ibrahim, Sir Kashim (1910–1990), politician and governor of Northern Nigeria, was born on 10 January 1910 in Gargar ward, Yerwa, in the Borno province of Nigeria, youngest son of Mallam Ibrahim Lakanmi (b. c.1840), a Kanuri aristocrat, and of a Badawi...

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Jallow, Momadou Ebrima (1928–1987), trade unionist and Gambian nationalist, was born on 15 June 1928 to parents of mixed Fula, Serahuli, and Wolof stock in Georgetown, McCarthy Island division, in the British protectorate of the Gambia. He later moved to the capital, Bathurst (...

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Sesay, al-Hajj Shaikh Jibril [known as Shaikh Gibril Sesay] (1903–1988), political leader, was born in the village of Mabayla in Sanda Tenraren chiefdom, Bomboli district, Sierra Leone. His father, Abu Bakari Lomeh Sesay (b. c.1879), was a Muslim scholar and wealthy merchant whose export–import business was based in ...

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Tafawa Balewa, Sir Abubakar (1912–1966), prime minister of Nigeria, was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa (Black Rock) in the Lere district of Bauchi province, Northern Nigeria, the eldest son of Yakubu Dan Zala and his wife, Fatima Inna...

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Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912–1966) by Elliott & Fry, 1960 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tarawali, Ibrahim (c. 1785–1880), political leader and educationist, was born in the town of Forecariah, Moriah kingdom, in Guinea, west Africa. Ibrahim Tarawali was a son of Ibrahim Konditu Fofana, a leading entrepreneur and Muslim religious leader. The Fofana trace themselves back several centuries to ...

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Turé, Fodé Ibrahim [known as Fodé Kombo Sillah] (c. 1825–1894), political leader in the Gambia, was born in Konoto, the Turé family compound in the town of Gunjur, Kombo kingdom, Gambia, west Africa. Konoto had been built by his great-grandfather Amatora Turé...