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Okukenu, Sadipe. Sadipe Okukenu was created by John Bruce and appeared in “The Black Sleuth” (McGirt’s Magazine, Aug. 1907-July/Aug/Sept. 1909).

Sadipe Okukenu is the first major African private detective in mystery fiction. He is a Yoruba from northern Nigeria, and is a successful and skilled member of the International Detective Agency. In Okukenu’s one recorded case he traces a stolen diamond from America to England and then to Africa. Okukenu is an Eton graduate, a linguist, intelligent, physically perfect, but also modest, albeit continually angry at the slights that he and others of African descent suffer through from whites, both in America and Europe.

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