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Read: Nigerians and South Africans dominate the list of 100 most influential people.

Africa, as the birthplace of brilliant and artistic minds, has seen numerous influential individuals globally. The 2023 list of 100 most influential Africans, recently released by New African Magazine, highlights the dominance of Nigerians and South Africans. This annual recognition spans diverse sectors, acknowledging excellence, innovation, leadership, resilience, and vision.

In the political realm, figures like Ibrahima Cheikh Diong from Senegal and President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria stand out. The list also includes William Ruto (Kenya), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), and Mamady Doumbouya (Guinea), showcasing the varied political landscape across the continent.

Within the business sector, names like Aliko Dangote (Nigeria), André De Ruyter (South Africa), and Ralph Mupita (Zimbabwe) feature prominently. These individuals have made significant contributions to the economic landscape of their respective countries and beyond.

The field of science and academia sees representation from remarkable individuals like Moungi Bawendi (Tunisia) and Timnit Gebru (Eritrea). These figures have made substantial contributions to their fields, shaping the academic and scientific landscape in Africa.

Creatives from Africa, such as Teju Cole (Nigeria) and Burna Boy (Nigeria), showcase the vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Their impact extends beyond borders, contributing to the global cultural landscape.

In the environmental sector, figures like Rashid Sumaila (Nigeria/Ghana) and Wanjira Mathai (Zambia) are recognized for their efforts towards sustainability and environmental conservation.

Media personalities like Wode Maya (Ghana) and Edward Enninful (Ghana) are acknowledged for their influence in shaping narratives and fostering dialogue across the continent.

The sports category features notable names like Francis Ngannou (Cameroon) and Patrice Motsepe (South Africa), showcasing Africa’s prowess and talent on the international sports stage.

This diverse list reflects the shifting trends and priorities in Africa, especially in the post-pandemic era, highlighting the continent’s resilience, innovation, and global impact across various fields.


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