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12 Germans from African countries who are changing the world

Africans in Germany are blazing the trail for success for all those who come after them while representing those who did before them. Here’s a short list of 12 Africans in Germany from African descent who are making a difference in their communities.

Steffi Jones

Stephanie Jones is a German football manager best known for managing the German women’s national team. She also played for the women’s national team between 1993 and 2007, helping Germany win the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as three European Championships.

In 2019, Jones was among the first female soccer players to be inducted into Germany’s Hall of Fame in Dortmund.

German Football manager Steffi Jones.


We all know the 1993 song “What is Love”by Haddaway. But not everyone knows that this hit single was created by Trinidadian-born German musician and vocalist Nestor Alexander Haddaway, who moved to Cologne in 1987. Today, he splits his time between Cologne and Kitzbühl, Austria.

German musician and vocalist Nestor Alexander Haddaway.

Isaac Bonga

Isaac Bonga is an NBA basketball player from Germany who currently plays for the Washington Wizards.

Before becoming an NBA player, Bonga had a successful basketball career in Germany, where he played with Skyliners Frankfurt of the Basketball Bundesliga. Bonga also represents the senior German national team in international competitions.

Isaac Bonga.

Aminata Toure

Aminata Toure is a German politician with Malian roots who recently became the deputy speaker of Schleswig-Holstein’s state parliament. The 27-year-old hopes to use her position to bring more political attention to climate and refugee policies while also empowering others.

“I hope to empower young people, women, people of colour to get involved and to use their voice,” she says in a video about her life. “You can make a difference.”

Aminata Toure.

Dennis Schröder

Dennis Schröder is a German professional basketball player for NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. He previously spent five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. In 2019, the 26-year-old was chosen as the NBA’s Player of the Week. Prior to moving to the US, Schröder played for the SG Braunschweig and Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany, both representing his hometown.

Dennis has had a few tiffs in the past with his image being tainted due to his wedding’s unpaid debt. WE WROTE ABOUT IT HERE.

professional NBA basketball player Dennis Schröder

Charles Huber

Charles Huber is a German politician and former actor known for his lead role in the TV series Der Alte. Today, he serves as a member of the German Bundestag for the Christian Democratic Union and is one of the first two Bundestag members of African ancestry.

He is the founder of the  organisation Afrika Direkt and the author of A Bavarian in Senegal: My Life between two Worlds.

Charles Huber.

Cassandra Steen

Cassandra Steen is a German-American singer, songwriter and actress. Working with Universal Urban Records, Steen has three hit singles, including “Stadt”, which was the fourth-largest single of 2009 in Germany.

Singer-song writer Cassandra Steen.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jérôme Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jérôme Boateng are brothers that are both professional German soccer players. During the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Games, the brothers made headlines for playing in competing teams.

While Jérôme played for the German national team, his brother Kevin-Prince played for Ghana. Today, Jérôme is a defender for Bayern Munich while Kevin-Prince plays for Beşiktaş on loan from Fiorentina.

German Football Player Jerome Boateng’
German football player Kevin-Prince Boateng

Nelson Müller

Nelson Müller is a successful chef, author and singer who is best known for running two restaurants in Essen. The TV personality also runs a cookery school and a catering business. One of his restaurants has earned a Michelin star!

Chef Nelson Müller.

Alphonso Davies

Ghanaian born Alphonso Davies is a 19 year old Bayern star who is leaving his mark in football where he recently won the Champion’s League, and the digital world with his Tiktok famous fiancé who he makes videos with.

He has a following of 1.5 million followers on the video application platform and 2 million on Instagram. WE WROTE ABOUT IT HERE.

Born in Ghana but with a Canadian passport, Davies has won a host of followers by presenting himself as any nineteen-year-old on social media. Not only does he post videos in which he makes jokes, plays on the PlayStation or makes feats with the ball but creates real entertainment micro sketches

Alphonso Davies.

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe is a well know actor who lives in America and grew up in Germany. The actor is well known for his role in several movies but especially in hit TV series, Soul Food.

Boris is known as a family man and is married to a well-known actress Nicole Ari Parker. They have two children, Sophie and Nico Kodjoe. Boris who is of German and Ghanaian descent often talks about his home, his culture and his roots being from both backgrounds while encouraging Africans in Germany and all over the world to invest in Africa. .

Afro-German actor Boris Kodjoe
Afro-German actor Boris Kodjoe.

Source: Germanyinusa.com, Afronews.de

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