Personality Profiles

Friday, 20 January 2012 11:36

Genevieve Nnaji

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Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie "Most Wanted." As an upcoming actress, trying to create a niche for herself, she went through various minor roles seeking for that opportunity for a breakthrough.Her subsequent movies--"Last Party," "Mark of the Beast," and "Ijele" (which is still considered to be one…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:39

Dele Momodu

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Dele Momodu (born Ayòbámidélé Àbáyòmí Ojútelégàn Àjàní Momodu; May 15, 1960) is a Nigerian Journalist/ Publisher. He is the publisher of Ovation International a magazine that has given publicity to many Africans. Early life Ayobamidele meaning “my joy has followed me home’ is the last of three siblings. He lost his Dad at the tender age of 13 relying on his Mum, and relatives for support. Dele was taught by his late Mum, who died on the 18th of May 2007 not to despair even when times are tough, this was exemplified by her continual support of him even when…
Friday, 25 November 2011 16:19

Chido Nwangwu Profile on ChatAfrik

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Chido, recipient of the Journalism Excellence Award (1997), is the Founder and Publisher of the influential and respected USAfrica, (first African-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the Internet), the Chinua Achebe project, the ultra-glossy CLASS magazine, the exciting photos and events mega-site with the largest collection of contemporary images/events of continental Africans in America PhotoWorks.TV, The Black Business Journal ,, several blogs, and USAfrica The Newspaper which voted the Number One community newspaper in Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S.) in the annual ranking by the readers and editors of the Houston Press…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:32

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Profile on ChatAfrik

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Three women’s rights activists accepted the vaunted 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, while urging women to fight against male oppression. "My sisters, my daughters, my friends - find your voice," Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said after collecting her Nobel diploma and medal at a ceremony in Oslo. Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female president, shared the award with women's rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee, also from Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman, a female icon of the protest movement in Yemen. Early Life Ellen Johnson was born on October 29th, 1938, in Monrovia, Liberia. Her parents were of “Americo-Liberian” descent – meaning that…
Friday, 21 October 2011 04:22

Wole Soyinka Profile on ChatAfrik

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The Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka (born 1935) was one of the few African writers to denounce the slogan of Negritude as a tool of autocracy. He also was the first black African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Wole Soyinka was born July 13, 1934 in Abeokuta a village on the banks of the River Ogun in the western area of Nigeria. His mother was a Christian convert so devout that he nicknamed her "Wild Christian" and he father was the scholarly headmaster of a Christian primary school whom he nicknamed "Essay"--a play on his occupation and his…
Friday, 14 October 2011 02:41

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Profile on ChatAfrik

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954) was appointed in July 2011 as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Managing Director of World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011) and has also held the position of a Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.…
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:05

Ozodi Osuji Profile on ChatAfrik

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly…