Canaan Banana

1936 - 2003

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Canaan Sodindo Banana (5 March 1936 – 10 November 2003) was a Zimbabwean Methodist minister, theologian, and politician who served as the first President of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987. He was Zimbabwe's first head of state (Ceremonial President) after the Lancaster House Agreement that led to the country’s independence. In 1987, he stepped down as President and was succeeded by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who became the country's executive president. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Canaan Banana has received more than 1,319,326 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Canaan Banana is the 8,029th most popular politician (up from 8,326th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Zimbabwe (up from 6th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Zimbabwean Politician.

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Among politicians, Canaan Banana ranks 8,029 out of 15,710Before him are Tony Tan, Práxedes Mateo Sagasta, Princess Anna of Saxony, Foday Sankoh, Azzone Visconti, and Ivo Sanader. After him are Duke John Albert of Mecklenburg, Faina Ranevskaya, He Dan Jia, Gulzarilal Nanda, Salah al-Din al-Bitar, and Carl Adolph Agardh.

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Among people born in 1936, Canaan Banana ranks 161Before him are Masashi Watanabe, Philip Kaufman, Walter Lewin, Edén Pastora, Robert Langlands, and Vyacheslav Kebich. After him are Bobby Darin, Glenn Murcutt, Charles Napier, W. D. Hamilton, Gabriel Matzneff, and Jan Gehl. Among people deceased in 2003, Canaan Banana ranks 103Before him are Ramón Serrano Suñer, Martha Chase, Leon Uris, Janko Bobetko, Valeriy Brumel, and Foday Sankoh. After him are Goffredo Petrassi, Kalpana Chawla, Bernard Williams, Gertrude Ederle, Mongo Santamaría, and Marie Trintignant.

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In Zimbabwe

Among people born in Zimbabwe, Canaan Banana ranks 5 out of 31Before him are Robert Mugabe (1924), Emmerson Mnangagwa (1942), Ian Smith (1919), and Charlene, Princess of Monaco (1978). After him are Albert Lutuli (1898), Rupiah Banda (1937), Morgan Tsvangirai (1952), John Love (1924), Alexander McCall Smith (1948), Joshua Nkomo (1917), and Lobengula (1845).

Among POLITICIANS In Zimbabwe

Among politicians born in Zimbabwe, Canaan Banana ranks 4Before him are Robert Mugabe (1924), Emmerson Mnangagwa (1942), and Ian Smith (1919). After him are Albert Lutuli (1898), Rupiah Banda (1937), Morgan Tsvangirai (1952), Joshua Nkomo (1917), Lobengula (1845), Abel Muzorewa (1925), Phelekezela Mphoko (1940), and Roy Welensky (1907).