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New African Magazine announces 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017

FULL LIST (Nationality/Descent in Brackets)

POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Amina J Mohammed – UN Deputy Secretary General. (Nigeria)
George Weah – Football legend and aspiring President (Liberia)
Yemi Osinbajo – Vice President (Nigeria)
Alpha Condé – President (Guinea)
Mohammed VI – King (Morocco)
Justice David Maraga – Supreme Court Judge (Kenya)
Nana Akufo-Addo – President (Ghana)
Sophia Abdi Noor – Politician (Kenya)
Akinwumi Adesina – President Africa Development Bank; Winner – World Food Prize 2017 (Nigeria)
Vanessa Moungar – Director of Gender AfDB (Chad)
Vera Songwe – New head – UN Economic Commission for Africa (Cameroon)
Moussa Faki Mahamat – African Union Commission Chairperson (Chad)
Paul Kagame – President (Rwanda)
Pravin Gordhan – Political stalwart, former Finance Minister (South Africa)
Sibeth Ndiaye – Advisor to French President Macron (Senegal)
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus – new and first African WHO Director General (Ethiopia)
Bola Tinubu – Former Lagos State governor (Nigeria)
Prof. Ruth Oniang’o – Nutritionist, Africa Food Prize Winner (Kenya)

BUSINESS AND FINANCE
Aliko Dangote – Successful business mogul Africa’s richest man (Nigeria)
Issad Rebrab – Founder and CEO, Cevital (Algeria)
Isabel dos Santos – Billionaire businesswoman former Chairperson Sonangol (Angola)
Mohamed Al Kettani – CEO Attijariwafa Bank (Morocco)
Lionel Zinsou –  creator of the Africa-France club (Benin)
Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu – Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Nigeria)
Makhtar Diop – World Bank Vice-President for Africa (Senegal)
Abdoulaye Coulibaly – Founder of the Bamako Forum (Mali)
Abebe Selassie – Head of IMF African Department. (Ethiopia)
James Mworia – MD and CEO of Centum Investments (Kenya)
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais – Founder and CEO, Quantum Global (Angola)
Mohammed Dewji – CEO MeTL Group (Tanzania)
Strive Masiyiwa – Founder and Chairman of Econet Wireless (Zimbabwe)
Alioune Gueye – Entrepreneur (Senegal)
Moulay Hafid – Minister of Trade and Industry (Morocco)
Dr. Sahar Nasr – Minister of Investment and International Cooperation (Egypt)
Olga Johnson – Secretary General of the Foundation for Energy (Benin)
Elon Musk – Founder: PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and OpenAI (South Africa)

CIVIL SOCIETY AND ACTIVISM
Haben Girma – Deafblind Harvard Law law graduate and disability rights activist (Eritrea/Ethiopia/US)
Patrick ‘PLO’ Lumumba – Defence lawyer and anti-corruption champ (Kenya)
Dr Fatima Akilu – Psychologists and founder Neem Tree Foundation Rehabilitating Boko Haram victims (Nigeria)
Biram Dah Abeid   – Awardin-winning anti-modern slavery hero (Mauritania)
Ikponwosa Ero – UN’s Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism. (Nigeria)
Kumi Naidoo – Co-founder, Africans Rising (South Africa)
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali – takes controversial stand on same-sex marriage (Uganda)
Jaha Dukureh – Founder Safe Hands – Anti FGM and Child Marriage (Gambia)

SCIENCE, TECH & INNOVATION
Nunu Ntshingila – Head, Facebook Africa (South Africa)
Dr Tebello Nyokong – Award-winning Chemist (South Africa)
Adamu Waziri – Founder – Bino and Fino African children’s TV and youtube animations
Anne-Marie Imafidon – child progidy, co-founder of Stemettes for young women in science and tech (Nigeria/UK)
Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji – Founder, Flutterwave (Nigeria)
Sara Menker – Gro Intelligence (Ethiopia)
Jelani Aliyu – Design of GM’s electric Chevrolet Volt car, now new Director general of Nigeria’s National Automotive Design and Development Council (Nigerian)
Dr Helena Ndume – one the world’s most prolific ophthalmologists has restored sights for over 30000 people for free working with See International (Namibia)
Yvonne Mburu – co-founder of Med in Africa (Kenya)
Rebecca Enonchong – Founder AppsTech (Cameroon)
Professor Yaye Kène-Gassama Dia – A scientist of many firsts (Senegal)
Bozoma Saint John – Chief Brand Officer – Uber (Ghana)

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIA
Fred Swaniker – African Leadership Academy (Ghana)
Noëlla Coursaris Musunka – Educationist Malaika Foundation (DRCongo)
Tom Ilube – Tech entrepreneur and educationist (Nigeria/UK)
Patrick Awuah – Founder Ashesi University and winner 2017 Qatar’s WISE Prize for Education. (Ghana)
Carlos Lopes – Respected economist former UNECA chief now Professor of economics University of Cape Town

MEDIA
Edward Kobina Enninful – new and first black and male Editor of British Vogue ( Ghana/UK)
Khanyi Dhlomo – Media mogulette – Founder Ndalo Media (South Africa)
Adedoyin Adepitan – Intrepid Paralympian and TV presenter (Nigeria/UK)
Julie Gichuru – TV Host, public speaker and CEO of Arimus Media Limited (Kenya)
Trevor Noah – Satirist and Host The Daily Show (South Africa)
Zeinab Badawi – Broadcaster and documentary film maker (Sudan/UK)
Koos Bekker – Chairman and former CEO of media giant Naspers
Khadija Patel – Editor-in-Chief, Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

ARTS & CULTURE
Ruth Negga – Actress and rising Hollywood star (Ethiopia/Ireland)
C4 Pedro – Musician bring Kizomba music to world stage (Angola)
Imbolo Mbue – New author-to-watch (Cameroon)
Roye Okupe – Found YouNeek Studios – which creates African comic books and superheroes (Nigeria)
Dorra Bouchoucha – Film Producer (Tunisia)
Laduma Ngxokolo – Fashion Designer inspired by his Xhosa heritage (South Africa)
Alexandra Amon – Film producer and directo of Boutique Hotel. (Cote d’Ivoire)
Njideka Akunyili Crosby – Visual Artist (Nigeria)
Sindika Dokolo – Entreprenuer and African art promoter collector – DRCongo
Duckie Thot – outspoken model and beauty diversity champion (South Sudan/Australia)
WizKid – Award-winning Afrobeat sensation (Nigeria)
Adwoa Aboah – Feminist and Top Model of the moment and (Ghana/UK)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Author, Feminist and Global Icon (Nigeria)
Tinashe – Pop star breaking America (Zimbabwe)
Diébédo Francis Kéré – the super talented yet unsung Architect (Burkina Faso)
Halima Aden – The Hijab wearing top model breaking stereotypes (Somalia/US)
Bushra al-Fadil – Winner Caine Prize of 2017 (Sudan)
Triplets Ghetto Kids – Global dance troop phenomenon (Uganda)
Porky Hefer – a unique designer with ethical conscience (South Africa)
Idris Elba – The unstoppable blockbuster king – (Ghana/Sierra Leone/UK)

SPORT
Anthony Joshua – the affable Boxing heavyweight Champ – (Nigeria/UK)
Mo Salah – Footballer who taking Egypt to the World Cup ( Egypt)
Mo Farah – One of the greatest middle and long-distance and marathon runner of his generation – (Somalia/UK)
Caster Semenya – Athletics 800 meters golden girl (South Africa)
Eniola Aluko – the football star who stood up and exposed a racism in the English FA (Nigeria/UK)
Elijah Manangoi – the new 1500meters sensation to watch ( Kenya)
Wayde van Niekerk – the world record-breaking boy wonder (South Africa)
Asisat Oshoala – Women’s football royalty – (Nigeria)
Hellen Obiri – the 5000m World Champion (Kenya)
Faith Kipyegon – double champion with big dreams (Kenya)
Kagiso Rabada -World’s most feared Cricket bowler (south Africa)

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