50 years of Africa independence, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) African Service, was polled for a list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures.
The above quote is the introduction to page 48 and 49 of the current issue of the BBC’s Focus on Africa magazine. The two pages contain all the pictures of the 50 persons voted for. The 50 include 13 former Heads of State; two serving Heads of State; 12 musicians and models; six writers; eight political leaders and activists; seven footballers and athletes.
Three Ghanaians were among the 50 – Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah; ex-President Jerry Rawlings and Dr. Kofi Annan. Absent from the list were Ghanaian political leaders like ex-President J.A Kufuor and sporting figures like Abedi Pele or Michael Essien (names of Roger Miller, George Weah and Didier Drogba featured in the list of 50).
Below is the list, courtesy of the BBCs Focus on Africa magazine
1. Iman Abdulmajid (1955) Somalian model
2. Chinua Achebe (1930) Nigerian novelist and poet and Nobel laureate
3. Kofi Annan (1938) Ghanaian former Secretary-General to the UN
4. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996) First President of Nigeria
5. Steve Biko (1946-1977) Ldr. Of the Black Conscientiousness movement in S.A