The Caribbean island of Dominican Republic gained its independence from Haiti on this day (February 27th) in 1844.
The beautiful island boasts many tourist attractions and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean. It is also home to the Caribbean’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, and the Caribbean’s largest lake and point of lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo.
In commemoration of their independence day, Face2Face Africa throws a spotlight on prominent and trailblazing Afro-Dominicans who have made significant contributions in their fields.
1.Amara La Negra
Singer, model and ‘Love & Hip Hop: Miami’ star Amara La Negra is of Afro-Dominican descent.
2. Evangelina Rodriguez
She was the first female medical school graduate in the Dominican Republic.
Hollywood star Zoe Saldana was born in New Jersey to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother. She has featured in blockbuster movies including Star Trek, Avatar, Colombiana, Guardians of the Galaxy, just to mention a few.
Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano
Widely known as Johnny Ventura or “El Caballo Johnny Ventura”, he is a very popular Afro-Dominican merengue and salsa artiste. Johnny was also vice mayor of Santo Domingo from 1994 to 1998, and mayor of Santo Domingo from 1998 to 2002.
Gregorio Luperón was an Afro-Dominican Military General and the 20th president of the Dominican Republic. He played a very key role in the in the restoration of the Dominican Republic after the Spanish annexation in 1863.