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 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 1,934,274 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Ota Benga is the 73rd most popular celebrity (down from 71st in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Democratic Republic of the Congo (down from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Congolese Celebrity.

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  • 23

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  • 3.75

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Among celebrities, Ota Benga ranks 73 out of 184Before him are Victor Kugler, Evelyn McHale, Ethel Kennedy, Wil van Gogh, Kim Ung-yong, and Walther Kadow. After him are Li Wenliang, Sally Hemings, William Masters, Lindow Man, Virginia Dare, and Hana Brady.

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Among people born in 1883, Ota Benga ranks 115Before him are Louis Lavelle, Stanisław Bułak-Bałachowicz, Marie Under, Rudolf Weigl, Richard Ruoff, and Andrei Bubnov. After him are Nikolai Luzin, Rudolf Spielmann, Imogen Cunningham, Olga Kameneva, Luigi Ganna, and Diego Martínez Barrio. Among people deceased in 1916, Ota Benga ranks 78Before him are Petar Kočić, George Huntington, Roger Casement, Patrick Pearse, Hugo von Pohl, and Artúr Görgei. After him are Ferdinand Fellner, Charles Dawson, Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Cai E, Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe, and Émile Faguet.

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In Democratic Republic of the Congo

Among people born in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ota Benga ranks 11 out of 68Before him are Denis Mukwege (1955), Antoine Gizenga (1925), Félix Tshisekedi (1963), Joseph Kabila (1971), Étienne Tshisekedi (1932), and Simon Kimbangu (1887). After him are Claude Makélélé (1973), Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (1939), Papa Wemba (1949), Dikembe Mutombo (1966), Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi (1930), and Sylvestre Ilunga (1947).

Among CELEBRITIES In Democratic Republic of the Congo

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