African Heroes

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Have you wondered why all the red in African countries flag means BLOOD? It’s all because some leaders like those below fought for their nations and believed in their people.

This project is illustrations of some African leaders, whom many outside the African continent don’t know about. The motive is to educate those living abroad including the Africans who were born outside the African continent.

Individual Images

The collage black and white symbols as the background are traditional African symbols which are Talons of the eagle (bravery and strength) and  Ram’s Horn (humility and strength).

KNDr. Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana (led Ghana into independence)

  • He helped Gold Coast (Ghana) to become the first sub-Saharan African nation to become independent of European colonisation on 06 March 1957.
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
  • He had an unqualified confidence in his fellow African person. He believed Africans are capable of managing their own affairs, and that the future of Ghanaians lies in their own hands.

MM  Mansa Musa I – Mali (world’s richest man of all time)

  • The first king of Mali in the 14th century. 
  • With inflation adjustment, his fortune is estimated to be $400 billion.
  • He is mostly known for his pilgrimage to Mecca and his promotion of unity and prosperity within Mali and beyond.

M2Menelik II – Ethiopia (he brought technology from Europe to develop Ethiopia)

  • Proclaimed to be a descendant of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.
  • He was the king of Shewa from 1847-1855, and emperor of Ethiopia.
  • He brought technology from Europe to develop Ethiopia.

QNQueen Nzinga Mbande – Angola (the fearless African queen)

  • Known as mother of Angola, the fearless African queen.
  • She fought for freedom and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese.
  • She made her kingdom formidable commercial state on equal footing with the Portuguese colonies.

NMNelson Mandela – South Africa (great civil rights leader)

  • Was imprisoned for 27 years (1964-1990).
  • Convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.
  • Became president of South Africa from 1994-1999.

YA Yaa Asantewaa – Ghana (first woman to lead Ashanti war against the British)

  • She was a Queen Mother of the Ashanti kingdom.
  • Was the gatekeeper of the golden stool.
  • First woman to lead Ashanti war against the British with an army of 5000.

NADr. Nnamdi Azikiwe – Nigeria (the first president of Nigeria after independence)

  • He was the first president of Nigeria after independence from 1963-1966.
  • He founded ‘The African Pilot’ in Lagos as a means to promote unity.
  • He led the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) into the important 1959 federal elections, which preceded Nigerian independence.

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Original poster sizes, postcards and look books are available for sale. You can contact me if you are interested. Thank you. 

Did you learn anything from this project? Share your views please.

17 thoughts on “AFRICAN HEROES

  1. Waaw , very educative and I love the creativity of the images and posters. Absolutely awesome!✨


  2. This is a very great concept and refreshing for today’s youth scattered all over the world especially those of african origin to better appreciate what sacrificing for a course is about. Great job Eben

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  3. Project with purpose! It shows the world that there are some really great heroes in african history! I love that! Very educative and helpful. Great job 🙏🏽

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  4. This a great Eben! It makes me want more…so now I have to read up on some of these amazing human beings. The art is beautiful as well brother.

    I’m proud of you. This is great.


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