Usman dan Fodio

1754 - 1817

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Usman ɗan Fodio, (Arabic: عثمان بن فودي, romanized: ʿUthmān ibn Fodio; 15 December 1754 – 20 April 1817) was a Fulani scholar, religious teacher, revolutionary, military leader, writer, promoter of Sunni Islam, who founded the Sokoto Caliphate and ruled as its first caliph.Born in Gobir, Usman was a descendant the Torodbe clans of urbanized ethnic Fulani people living in the Hausa Kingdoms since the early 1400s. It is traditionally believed that Usman was an Arab descendant of the commander Uqba ibn Nafi. In early life, Usman became well-educated in Islamic studies and soon, he began to preach Sunni Islam throughout Nigeria and Cameroon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Usman dan Fodio has received more than 783,023 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Usman dan Fodio is the 643rd most popular philosopher (up from 686th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Nigeria and the most popular Nigerian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Usman dan Fodio ranks 643 out of 1,089Before him are Robert Filmer, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Chaïm Perelman, Wang Bi, Paul Nizan, and Kanada. After him are Shen Buhai, Antonio Rosmini, Franz Xaver von Baader, Maximus of Tyre, William Heard Kilpatrick, and Kazimierz Łyszczyński.

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Among people born in 1754, Usman dan Fodio ranks 22Before him are William Bligh, Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, Joseph Joubert, Salawat Yulayev, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, and Salomon Maimon. After him are Vicente Martín y Soler, Franz Xaver von Zach, Andrea Appiani, Jurij Vega, Pavel Tsitsianov, and Alejandro Malaspina. Among people deceased in 1817, Usman dan Fodio ranks 19Before him are Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, William Bligh, Fyodor Ushakov, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Nakşidil Sultan, and Étienne Méhul. After him are Andrea Appiani, Joseph von Sonnenfels, Princess Hermine of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, Giacomo Quarenghi, Duke Louis of Württemberg, and Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Usman dan Fodio ranks 10 out of 200Before him are Muhammadu Buhari (1942), Chinua Achebe (1930), Fela Kuti (1938), Tony Allen (1940), Sade (1959), and Hakeem Olajuwon (1963). After him are Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), Francis Arinze (1932), and Sani Abacha (1943).


Among philosophers born in Nigeria, Usman dan Fodio ranks 1