The Iconix

Winnie Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela OLS MP, also known as Winnie Mandela, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician,"Mother of the Nation", and the second wife of Nelson Mandela. Born: 26 September 1936, Bizana Died: 2 April 2018, Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg

Margaret Ekpo

Margaret Ekpo was a Nigerian women's rights activist and social mobilizer who was a pioneering female politician in the country's First Republic and a leading member of a class of traditional Nigerian women activists, many of whom rallied women beyond notions of ethnic solidarity. Born: 27 June 1914, Colonial Nigeria Died: 21 September 2006, Calabar, Nigeria

Gisèle Rabesahala

Marie Gisèle Aimée Rabesahala was a Malagasy politician and activist who was the first woman to hold a ministerial position in the government of Madagascar. Born: 7 May 1929, Antananarivo, Madagascar Died: 27 June 2011

Dimi Mint Abba

Dimi Mint Abba was one of Mauritania's most famous musicians. She was born Loula Bint Siddaty Ould Abba in Tidikdja Mauritania in 1958, into a low-caste family specializing in the griot tradition. Born: 25 December 1958, Mauritania Died: 4 June 2011, Casablanca, Morocco

Bertina Lopes

Bertina Lopes was a Mozambican painter and sculptor. Lopes work displays a deep African sensibility with saturated colors and bold compositions of mask-like figures and geometric forms. She "highlighted the social criticism and nationalistic fervour that influenced other Mozambican artists of her time". Born: 11 July 1924, Mozambique

Taytu Betul

Taytu Betul was an Empress Consort of the Ethiopian Empire and the third wife of Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia. She founded Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city. Born: 1851, Semien Province Died: 11 February 1918, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Queen 'Mamohato of Lesotho

'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso served as the Regent Head of State of Lesotho on three occasions: 5 June to 5 December 1970, 10 March to 12 November 1990 and 15 January to 7 February 1996. Born: 28 April 1941, Mafeteng, Lesotho Died: 6 September 2003, Mantsonyane, Lesotho

Wangari Maathai

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was a renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Born: 1 April 1940, Nyeri, Kenya Died: 25 September 2011, The Nairobi Hospital Cancer Centre, Nairobi, Kenya


Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, MON, otherwise known as Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat in Nigeria. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. Born: 25 October 1900, Abeokuta, Nigeria Died: 13 April 1978, Lagos, Nigeria

Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana

Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana also known as Mbuya Nehanda was a svikiro, or spirit medium of the Zezuru Shona people. She was a medium of Nehanda, a female Shona mhondoro. Wikipedia Born: 1840 Died: 1898, Harare, Zimbabwe

Queen Nanny

Queen Nanny or Nanny, was an 18th-century leader of the Jamaican Maroons. Much of what is known about her comes from oral history, as little textual evidence exists. She was born into the Ashanti people in what is today Ghana, and escaped from slavery after being transported to Jamaica. Wikipedia Born: 1686, Ghana Died: 1733, Jamaica

Labotsibeni Mdluli

Labotsibeni Mdluli, also known as Gwamile, was the Queen Mother and Queen Regent of Swaziland. Born: 1859, Eswatini Died: 15 December 1925, Zombodze