Located in the Western part of Africa and named after the Guinea region, Guinea was formerly known as French Guinea.
A sovereign state with a population of approximately 12.4 million people, the country is sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.
It practices a Unitary Presidential Republican system of government with the president directly elected by the people – his position is both head of state and head of government.
This country is largely dependent on bauxite, despite its rich deposits in diamond and gold. The west-coastal nation controversially sat at the core of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Guinea is predominantly an Islamic country, with 85 percent of its population practicing Islam.
We commemorates its independence with 5 famous people you didn’t know are from Guinea.
Created in 1999, the group is a five-member band. Ba Cissoko is a Guinean world music band that has nurtured the acts of playing the traditional Kora Harp. With two of its members playing percussion instrument and one bass, their sound has been described by many as “West Africa meets Jimi Hendrix.”
They are recognized across the globe and often toured with Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti.
Born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France to Guinean parents, Paul Pogba is a professional footballer who currently plays for English Premier League side, Manchester United.
Growing up in the streets of Paris, he showed promise at a young age and flourished for his local youth teams.
Pogba’s breakthrough happened when he moved to the youth side of Ligue One side Le Havre. His success prompted former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, to sign him. He moved to Juventus after four seasons and returned as the most expensive player in the world after he was signed by then-coach Mourihno.
Arguably the most successful footballer from Guinea in the ‘90s, Titi Camara became the first ex sportsman to be appointed Sports Minister after the then newly elected president Alpha Conde appointed him in 2010.
Born in Guinea, Aboubacar Sidiki “Titi” Camara was best known for his stint at English side Liverpool in the 1999-2000 season when he scored nine goals in 33 games, memorably scoring the winner in a game against Arsenal at Highbury.
He played as a striker.
Sarah is a Guinean prelate of the Catholic Church, who was born in Ourous, a known rural community in French Guinea. His love for Christianity pushed him into the Saint Augustine Minor Seminary in Bingerville, Ivory Coast and there did his rise begin.
A voice for the voiceless, he became a forceful advocate for the defense of traditional Catholic teaching on sexual morality and right to life. A cardinal since 2010 in the Catholic church, he was appointed to serve as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis on 23 November 2014.
He previously served as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples under Pope John Paul II, and president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum under Pope Benedict XVI.
Kante was a writer and educator who was best known as the inventor of the N’Ko (Meaning ‘I say’) alphabet for the Manding languages of Africa. Born in 1922, he died in 1987.
Alpha Yaya Diallo
Alpha Yaya Diallo is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who lives in Vancouver, Canada but born in Guinea-Conakry. With his mother from Senegal, Diallo moved around the country a lot with his father who was a surgeon.
His passion for the art prompted him to teach himself how to play various musical instruments for pleasure and alongside music groups including The Sons of Ra’is and Syli Authentique and the Fatala group associated with Peter Gabriel’s music label.
His first album released in 1996 won him the Juno, for The Message in 1999 in the “Best World Music Album” category. He won more in 2002 and 2004.