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, Sunni Islamic religious teacher, revolutionary, and philosopher 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 862,721 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Usman dan Fodio is the 550th most popular philosopher (up from 643rd in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Usman dan Fodio ranks 550 out of 1,081Before him are Jonathan Edwards, Conrad Celtes, Eugen Fink, Sergei Bulgakov, Nicos Poulantzas, and Ananda Coomaraswamy. After him are Arne Næss, Sivananda Saraswati, Chandrakirti, Ivan Ilyin, Gianni Vattimo, and Eduard Spranger.

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Among people born in 1754, Usman dan Fodio ranks 19Before him are Georg Forster, William Bligh, Louis de Bonald, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, and Salawat Yulayev. After him are Jean-Antoine Marbot, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Vicente Martín y Soler, Joseph Joubert, Pavel Tsitsianov, and Salomon Maimon. Among people deceased in 1817, Usman dan Fodio ranks 18Before him are Theroigne de Mericourt, William Bligh, Fyodor Ushakov, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Nakşidil Sultan, and Abraham Gottlob Werner. After him are Étienne Méhul, Duke Louis of Württemberg, Princess Hermine of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, Infante Antonio Pascual of Spain, Jean-André Deluc, and Giacomo Quarenghi.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Usman dan Fodio ranks 8 out of 236Before him are Wole Soyinka (1934), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), Dr. Alban (1957), Chinua Achebe (1930), Fela Kuti (1938), and Sade (1959). After him are Olaudah Equiano (1745), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), and Tony Allen (1940).


Among philosophers born in Nigeria, Usman dan Fodio ranks 1After him are Nana Asmaʼu (1793).