Nigerian author and self proclaimed feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and writer, poet and playwright Wole Soyinka have been named two of Africa’s Greatest Innovators in Arts and Sciences.
National Geographic asked Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, to name some of Africa’s top intellectual innovators.
The American literary critic/educator/scholar/writer selected the 36-year-old “Half of a Yellow Sun” author and 79-year-old Nobel Laureate.
Also on the list are Egyptian political economist Samir Amin, British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher/writer Kwame Anthony Appiah, South African writer Nadine Gordimer, paleoanthropologist/archaeologist/zoologist Louis B. Leakey, late Kenyan human rights activist Wangari Maathai, late South African singer Miriam Makeba and late Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji.