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Ota Benga

1883 - 1916

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Ota Benga (c. 1883 – March 20, 1916) was a Mbuti (Congo pygmy) man, known for being featured in an exhibit at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, and as a human zoo exhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. Benga had been purchased from native African slave traders by the explorer Samuel Phillips Verner, a businessman searching for African people for the exhibition, who took him to the United States. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ota Benga has received more than 2,606,061 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Ota Benga is the 69th most popular celebrity (up from 72nd in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Democratic Republic of the Congo (up from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Congolese Celebrity.

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  • 28

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  • 3.86

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Among celebrities, Ota Benga ranks 69 out of 181Before him are Barbara Hutton, Lizzie Borden, Paris Hilton, Manuel Uribe, Maria von Trapp, and Madeleine Astor. After him are Wil van Gogh, Bep Voskuijl, Christine Keeler, Natascha Kampusch, Jane Morris, and Afghan Girl.

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Among people born in 1883, Ota Benga ranks 103Before him are Eugen Ritter von Schobert, Nikolaos Plastiras, Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, Richard Gerstl, Marie Under, and Jean Metzinger. After him are Johnston McCulley, Ludwig Müller, Stanisław Bułak-Bałachowicz, Andrei Bubnov, Riccardo Zandonai, and Ahmed Nihad. Among people deceased in 1916, Ota Benga ranks 73Before him are Friedrich Ernst Dorn, Saki, Marie Bracquemond, James Connolly, Roger Casement, and George Huntington. After him are Patrick Pearse, Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Higaonna Kanryō, Artúr Görgei, Oskar Backlund, and Ferdinand Fellner.

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In Democratic Republic of the Congo

Among people born in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ota Benga ranks 10 out of 84Before him are Moïse Tshombe (1919), Denis Mukwege (1955), Félix Tshisekedi (1963), Simon Kimbangu (1887), Antoine Gizenga (1925), and Étienne Tshisekedi (1932). After him are Claude Makélélé (1973), Joseph Kabila (1971), Papa Wemba (1949), Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (1939), Ndaye Mulamba (1948), and Dikembe Mutombo (1966).

Among CELEBRITIES In Democratic Republic of the Congo

Among celebrities born in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ota Benga ranks 1