Linda Ikeji, President Buhari, and Aliko Dangote Wura
Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o , Linda Ikeji, Akon, join other African pacesetters in the official 100 most influential Africans list published by New African Magazine.
The 100 most Influential African list is, according to the New African Magazine, drawn from pacesetters in eight different fields: Politics, Public Office, Arts and Culture, Business, Civil Society, Technology, Media, and Sports. Politics pulls in the highest number on the list this year with 22 politicians listed.
The list is dominated by both Nigeria and South Africa, as they both have a total of 38 influential Africans on the list.
Prominent women making the list are UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and fellow South African, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the current chairperson of the AU Commission, widely tipped to succeed her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma.
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is back on the list alongside with other heads of states from Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone, for beating the odds to win the war against ebola in 2015.
African financial giant and Credit Suisse boss, Tidjane Thiam, from Côte d’Ivoire, makes this year’s most influential list for Business and Economy, where he is joined by new World Bank VP and Treasurer, Arunma Otteh, Kenyan ‘DJ’ businessman Chris Kirubi and the entrepreneur and innovator behind Tesla cars, Elon Musk, among others. Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote also makes the list.
Also on the list are innovator Tonje Bakang of Cameroon, athletes Ethiopian sportsman Almaz Ayana, Zimbabwe actress, Danai Gurira, Zambian writer, Namwali Serpell, along with other activists, artists, models, musicians that have made the headlines and shaped opinions during the year under review.
The full list will be released in the magazine’s newest edition.