The Nobel prize started off in  1901 with over 114 years of Awards in peace,  chemistry, medicine, literature, economics and physics. Since it’s inception in 1901, 20 people of African descent have won the title in their respective fields.

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Below are the 20 African Nobel prize winners. 

1. MAX THEILER (30 January 1899 – 11 August 1972)*

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD : NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE 1951
ACHIEVEMENT: Discovered the Vaccine for yellow fever.

2.ALBERT CARMUS ( 7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960)*

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :ALGERIA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 1957
ACHIEVEMENT: His literary works.

3.ALBERT LUTULI (1898 – 21 July 1967)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 1960

ACHIEVEMENT: Non violent fight against Apartheid in South Africa (First Black man to win a Nobel prize)

4.MOHAMMED SADAT (15 October 1970 – 6 October 1981)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :EGYPT
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 1978
ACHIEVEMENT: 3rd president of Egypt.Peace treaty between Egypt and Israel

5.ALLAN M. CORMACK

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD : NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE 1979
ACHIEVEMENT :worked on the X-Ray Computed Tomography machine (CT scanner)

6. DESMOND M TUTU (7 September 1986 – date)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 1984
ACHIEVEMENT : Role in Resolving Apartheid in South Africa.

7.AKINWANDE OLUWOLE BABATUNDE SOYINKA (13 July 1934 (age 80)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :NIGERIA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 1986
ACHIEVEMENT : His literary works notably lion and the jewel, trial of brother jero among others.

8.NAGUIB MAHFOUZ (December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :EGYPT
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 1988
ACHIEVEMENT :First Contemporary Writer of Arabic literature.

9.GOLDIMER NADINE (20 November 1923 – 13 July 2014)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 1991
ACHIEVEMENT : Literary works to fight Apartheid.

10. NELSON MANDELA ( 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 1993
ACHIEVEMENT : 1st south Africa president and key fighter against Apartheid.

11.FREDERICK WILLEM (18 March 1936 (age79)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH :SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD :NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 1993
ACHIEVEMENT:Last state President of South Africa, shared the Nobel Peace prize with Nelson Mandela.

12.CLAUDE COHEN-TANNOUDJI (1 April 1933 (age 82)***

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: ALGERIA
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS 1997
ACHIEVEMENT:  For research in Atomic Physics

13.AHMED HASSAN ZEWAIL (February 26, 1946 (age 69)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: EGYPT
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY 1999
ACHIEVEMENT: Father of  Femtochemistry.
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14.KOFFI ANNAN, ( 8 April 1938 (age 77)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: GHANA
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 2001
ACHIEVEMENT: For his work for a better organized and more peaceful world in the United Nation

15. SYDNEY BRENNER (13 January 1927(age 88)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE 2002
ACHIEVEMENT: For work on the Genetic code.

16.JOHN MAXWELL COETZEE(9 February 1940 (age 75)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: SOUTH AFRICA
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 2004

ACHIEVEMENT: The most celebrated and decorated living English-language author

17. MAANTAI WANGARI (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH:KENYA

AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 2003
ACHIEVEMENT:contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace  in Kenya.(first Black African woman to receive the Nobel prize.

18.MOHAMED EL BARADEI(17 June 1942, age 73)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: EGYPT 

AWARD:NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 2005

ACHIEVEMENT: Worked under the UNITED NATION

19.ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF (October 29, 1938 (age 71)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: LIBERIA
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 2011
ACHIEVEMENT: non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

20.LEYMAH GBOWEE (1 February 1972 (age 43)

COUNTRY OF BIRTH: LIBERIA
AWARD: NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 2011
ACHIEVEMENT: non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

Conclusion

The top 20 African Nobel prize winners are an Amazing set of Africans who have excelled in their chosen field of human endeavour. The 2015 Nobel prize list is yet to be announced, Expect this list to be updated if an African clinch a  prize. Thanks for Reading. please Share to others.

KEY

* Born in south africa, got the Nobel prize in America
**Born in south Africa, parents were from europe
***Born in Algeria, got the Nobel prize in France

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