Famous Black Economists

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Thomas Sowell
(Economist)
Thomas Sowell
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Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

One of the few personalities known for his disdain of self-promotion, Thomas Sowell is an important American social theorist and economist. Over the years, he has played a prominent role working as a faculty member of many prestigious universities, such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Cornell University

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Thabo Mbeki
(Politician, Economist)
Thabo Mbeki
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Transkei

Thabo Mbeki is a South African politician who is currently serving as the chancellor of the University of South Africa. From 1999 to 2008, he served as the president of South Africa. During his tenure as the president, the South African economy grew, creating employment opportunities. Over the years, he has received several awards, including the prestigious Good Governance Award.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(Nigerian-American Economist Who Has Served in Several Ministerial Positions in Nigeria)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist and political figure. She served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006 before serving as the Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from 17 August 2011 to 29 May 2015. Ngozi also served as the Minister of Finance on two separate occasions; from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2015.
 4 
Sir Arthur Lewis
(Economist)
Sir Arthur Lewis
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Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castries, Saint Lucia
Died: June 15, 1991
 5 
Dambisa Moyo
(Economist)
Dambisa Moyo
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Birthdate: February 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lusaka, Zambia
Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
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Birthdate: June 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Daytona Beach
 7 
Faure Gnassingbé
(4th President of Togo)
Faure Gnassingbé
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Birthdate: June 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Afagnan, Togo
 8 
Bingu wa Mutharika
(Former President of Malawi and Economist)
Bingu wa Mutharika
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Birthdate: February 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thyolo, Nyasaland
Died: April 5, 2012
 9 
Festus Mogae
(3rd President of Botswana and economist)
Festus Mogae
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Birthdate: August 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Serowe, Bechuanaland
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Miatta Fahnbulleh
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Birthdate: November 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liberia
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Saulos Chilima
(Vice President of Malawi)
Saulos Chilima
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Birthdate: February 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malawi
 12 
Édouard Ngirente
(Prime Minister, Economist)
Édouard Ngirente
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Birthdate: February 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gakenke, Rwanda
 13 
Jacob Oulanyah
(Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda)
Jacob Oulanyah
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Birthdate: March 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gulu, Uganda
 14 
Philip Mpango
(Politician, Economist)
Philip Mpango
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Birthdate: July 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tanzania
 15 
Saara Kuugongelwa
(Politician, Economist)
Saara Kuugongelwa
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Birthdate: October 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Otamanzi Constituency, Namibia
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Paul Kaba Thieba
(8th Prime Minister of Burkina Faso)
Paul Kaba Thieba
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Birthdate: July 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
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Donald Kaberuka
(Economist)
Donald Kaberuka
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Birthdate: October 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Byumba, Rwanda
 18 
Nicephore Soglo
(5th President of Benin and Economist)
Nicephore Soglo
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Birthdate: November 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Badou, French Togoland
 19 
Philip Ndegwa
(Economist)
Philip Ndegwa
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Birthdate: October 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kirinyaga County, Kenya
Died: January 7, 1996
 20 
Elisabeth Delatour Préval
(Economist, Businesswoman)
Elisabeth Delatour Préval
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Haiti
 21 
Carlos Lopes
(High Representative of the Commission of the African Union)
Carlos Lopes
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Canchungo, Guinea-Bissau
 22 
Adriano Maleiane
(Politician, Economist)
Adriano Maleiane
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Birthdate: November 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Matola, Mozambique
 23 
Aggrey Awori
(Former Ugandan Minister)
Aggrey Awori
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Birthdate: February 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: July 5, 2021
 24 
Thandika Mkandawire
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Birthdate: October 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: March 27, 2020
 25 
Arnhim Eustace
(3rd Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Economist)
Arnhim Eustace
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Birthdate: October 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 26 
Goodall Gondwe
(Economist, Banker)
Goodall Gondwe
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Birthdate: December 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mzimba, Nyasaland
 27 
Edith Nawakwi
(The First Woman to Serve as the Minister of Finance in Zambia)
Edith Nawakwi
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Mwenzo, Northern Province, Zambia

Edith Nawakwi is a Zambian politician and economist. In 1998, she became the first woman to serve as the Minister of Finance in Zambia. In 2005, Edith Nawakwi also became the first Zambian woman to serve as party president when she was elected as the president of the Forum for Democracy and Development.              

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Tomaz Salomão
(Economist, Politician)
Tomaz Salomão
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Birthdate: October 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Inharrime, Mozambique
 29 
K. Dwight Venner
(Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (December 1989 to November 2015))
K. Dwight Venner
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Birthdate: 1946 AD
Birthplace: Kingstown, Saint Vincent
Died: December 22, 2016
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Leonard Wantchekon
(Economist, Professor of Politics)
Leonard Wantchekon
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Birthplace: Benin
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Tijan Sallah
(Poet known for his first poetry collection, When African Was a Young Woman, under the Writers Workshop publication series)
Tijan Sallah
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Birthdate: March 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Serrekunda, The Gambia
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Leonce Ndikumana
(Economists)
Leonce Ndikumana
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Birthplace: Burundi
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Charles Konan Banny
(6th Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire)
Charles Konan Banny
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Birthdate: November 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Divo, Ivory Coast
Died: September 10, 2021
 34 
Charles Chuka
(Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi from April 2012 to April 2017)
Charles Chuka
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Birthdate: June 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malawi
Died: August 26, 2021
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Sherin Naiken
(CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board since 2013)
Sherin Naiken
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Birthdate: March 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Anse Royale, Mahé, Seychelles
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Frank Baffoe
(Economist, Diplomat and Businessman Who Served as Ghana's Honorary Consul to Lesotho)
Frank Baffoe
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Birthdate: February 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nkoranza, Ghana
Died: December 13, 2016

Economist, diplomat and businessman Frank Baffoe served as Ghana's honorary consul to Lesotho. He held several academic-positions including as Senior Lecturer of Economics at the National University of Lesotho, and University of Swaziland. He also remained a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Lesotho and an Advisor to different Ministries of different governments of Lesotho.