Sylvanus Olympio

1902 - 1963

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Sylvanus Épiphanio Olympio (French pronunciation: ​[silvany epifanjo ɔlɛ̃pjo]; 6 September 1902 – 13 January 1963) was a Togolese politician who served as prime minister, and then president, of Togo from 1958 until his assassination in 1963. He came from the important Olympio family, which included his uncle Octaviano Olympio, one of the richest people in Togo in the early 1900s. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he worked for Unilever and became the general manager of the African operations of that company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sylvanus Olympio has received more than 214,859 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Sylvanus Olympio is the 5,882nd most popular politician (down from 5,162nd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Ghana (down from 2nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Politician.

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Among politicians, Sylvanus Olympio ranks 5,882 out of 15,577Before him are Joschka Fischer, Shar-Kali-Sharri, Princess Margaret of Prussia, Jan Zamoyski, Prince Adalbert of Bavaria, and Santiago Carrillo. After him are Nebuchadnezzar IV, Hashim Thaçi, Itzcoatl, Charles the Child, George IV of Georgia, and Devlet Hatun.

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Among people born in 1902, Sylvanus Olympio ranks 68Before him are Josep Samitier, Demchugdongrub, Wilhelm Stuckart, Ryuzo Shimizu, Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu, and Eugen Jochum. After him are Pascual Jordan, Marcel Aymé, Ion Gheorghe Maurer, Nathan Milstein, William Walton, and Markian Popov. Among people deceased in 1963, Sylvanus Olympio ranks 48Before him are William Carlos Williams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Sivananda Saraswati, Eduard Spranger, Karl von Terzaghi, and Remedios Varo. After him are Adrian Carton de Wiart, Jacobus Oud, Alexander Marinesko, Berthold, Margrave of Baden, Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel, and Fritz Reiner.

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Among people born in Ghana, Sylvanus Olympio ranks 6 out of 121Before him are Kofi Annan (1938), Kwame Nkrumah (1909), Abedi Pele (1964), Nana Akufo-Addo (1944), and Marcel Desailly (1968). After him are Anton Wilhelm Amo (1703), Jerry Rawlings (1947), Peter Turkson (1948), Michael Essien (1982), Peter Mensah (1959), and John Kufuor (1938).


Among politicians born in Ghana, Sylvanus Olympio ranks 3Before him are Kwame Nkrumah (1909) and Nana Akufo-Addo (1944). After him are Jerry Rawlings (1947), John Kufuor (1938), John Atta Mills (1944), Joseph Arthur Ankrah (1915), Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (1931), John Mahama (1958), Hilla Limann (1934), Fred Akuffo (1937), and Edward Akufo-Addo (1906).