This landmark second edition is the only biographical dictionary to bring together, in one volume, cultural, social and political leaders -- both historical and contemporary -- of the sub-Saharan region.
More than 800 biographical sketches of prominent Africans, as well as foreigners who have affected the continent's history, are featured, 150 more than the previous edition. The wide spectrum of leaders includes religious figures, writers, politicians, scientists, entertainers, sports personalities and more.
Access to these fascinating individuals is provided in a user-friendly format. The biographies are arranged alphabetically, cross-referenced and indexed. Entries include the country or countries in which the person was significant and the commonly accepted dates of birth and death. Each biographical sketch is chronologically written; entries for cultural personalities add an evaluation of their work. This information is followed by a selection of references often found in university and public libraries, including autobiographies and principal biographical works.
Appendixes list each individual by country and by field of accomplishment -- rulers, musicians, explorers, missionaries, businessmen, physicists -- nearly thirty categories in all. Another convenient appendix lists heads of state since independence by country.
Up-to-date and representative of African societies as a whole, An African Biographical Dictionary provides a wealth of vital information for students of African culture and is an indispensable reference guide for anyone interested in African affairs.
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