Who are Africa's top intellectual innovators?

13 May 2014 So, who are Africa’s top intellectual innovators? Well, National Geographic asked Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University this very interesting question. According to him, Africa’s top innovators are writer, poet and playwright Wole Soyinka and Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie.

He went on to name Egyptian political economist Samir Amin, Ghanaian-American philosopher/writer Kwame Anthony Appiah, South African writer Nadine Gordimer,archaeologist and zoologist Louis B. Leakey, late Kenyan human rights activist Wangari Maathai, late South African singer Miriam Makeba and late Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji.

According to the National Geographic website, these people are part of a project to profile people who are transforming their fields by creating, educating, provoking, and delighting.

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