African Intellectual Innovators According to Gatesville

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, American historian and director of WEB Dubois Research Institute,  listed a few of  top African intellectual innovators for the National Geographic.

On the list are the increasingly popular author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie,  distinguished writer Wole Soyinka,  and the late and great singer Miriam Makeba. I was pleased to see another woman whom I admire very much on the list- Dr. Wangari Maathai . Dr. Maathai was a believer in self-empowerment and environmentalism as a means of creating opportunity and reducing poverty.

It was also enlightening to learn of Ghanaian-American philosopher and writer, Kwame Anthony Appiah for the first time. I majored in Philosophy in undergrad. Of all the courses I took- Human Nature, Analytical Philosphy, Modern Philosphy and more – how many African philosophers did I study? You guessed it. Zero. We are advancing with exhilarating speed in the area of information technology and simultaneously discussing about the impact of westernization, religious fanaticism, and more in this current atmosphere of growth and re-development. Where does honor fit it in? As we move forward what do we know about the history of ideas in Africa? Appiah writes and lectures on these ideas.

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Who would you add to the list?

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