@voiceoftheancestors: On June 25, 1945—Dusé...

@voiceoftheancestors: On June 25, 1945—Dusé...

View Instagram Posts     @voiceoftheancestors: On June 25, 1945—Dusé Mohamed Ali, Sudanese-Egyptian actor, scholar, playwright, journalist, editor, publisher and African nationalist, died in Lagos, Nigeria.
In 1912 he founded the “African and Orient Review,” the first newspaper in England owned and published by a black person, which published in total through 1920. After acting for years, Ali became frustrated with his acting career due to his being type-casted into various stereotypical roles including most often the black slave and the wicked Muslim.
Following his acting career Ali developed an interest in politics and became a freelance journalist. Many of his early articles focused on British policies towards his native Egypt. His travels further acquainted him with global affairs and between 1909 and 1911 he published several articles that challenge imperialism against Africans and Asians. Ali published his first book in 1911 titled “In the Land of the Pharaohs: A Short History of Egypt From the Fall of Ismail Pasha to the Assassination of Boutros Pasha.”
Through this publication, he developed relationships with a number of black intellectuals, including Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke, and Marcus M. Garvey. He became particularly close to Garvey and joined Garvey’s United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) where he serving as the foreign secretary and the head of African Affairs. Ali left the UNIA following Garvey’s 1927 deportation from the United States.
After a number of failed business attempts in the United States and in Europe, Ali relocated to Lagos, Nigeria where he founded “The Comet” in 1933. The newspaper was soon ranked among the top publications in Nigeria during this time, with a circulation of 4,000.

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