2021 100 Most Influential Young Africans list announced by Avance Media

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Leading African PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has announced the 6th publication of the its annual ranking of 100 Most Influential Young Africans, a list that celebrates the brightest and successful young Africans in various fields across the continent.

With 52 males and 48 females representing 32 countries on the continent, this year’s publication throws a huge spotlight on various talents and personalities pursuing their dreams in pursuit of making the continent proud and setting an example for young people on the continent.

With individuals from industries such as technology, business, entertainment, MD of Avance Media, Prince Akpah mentioned that, the continent is blessed with a lot of inspiring young people who have the power to prove the worth of the continent’s future. He also mentioned that, African leaders must focus resources in training its youthful population to be ready to compete with other young people from across the world.

Nigeria leads with representation on the list with 21 people followed closely by South Africa and Kenya with 10 individuals each, Uganda with 7 and Ghana with 6 young people.

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Some notable names on the list include musicians Davido, Burnaboy, climate change activists such as Vanessa Nakate, Adenike Oladosu, Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Joanita Babirye, Leah Namugerwa and footballers, Mohammed Salah, Sadio mane and Edouard Mendy.

Criteria for selection for Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential Young Africans included: Excellence in Leadership & Performance, Personal accomplishment, commitment to sharing knowledge, breaking the status quo and being an accomplished young African.

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Below is the official list of Avance Media’ 2021 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged in alphabetical order.

    1. Abasi Ene-Obong || CEO, 54Gene
    2. Abiodun Adereni (Dr) || Founder, Help Mum
    3. Achraf Hakimi || Footballer, Paris Saint-Germain
    4. Adenike Oladosu || Founder, ILeadClimate
    5. Amina Priscille Longoh || Chad Minister, Women and Protection of Children
    6. Amisa Rashid Kiligah || Founder, Nivishe Foundation
    7. Anika Jane Dorothy || Executive Director, Green Congress of Kenya
    8. Anoziva Marindire || Information & Communications Officer, AUICGWEA
    9. Asha Jaffar || Activist
    10. Axel Merryl || Comedian
    11. Aya Chebbi || Founder, Nala Feminist Collective
    12. Barrington Chungulo || Founder, Dream Factory
    13. Berla Mundi || On Air Personality, TV3 Ghana
    14. Bitania Lulu Berhanu || Special Adviser on Youth, EUCIP
    15. Burna Boy || Musician
    16. Charlot Magayi || Founder, Mukuru Stoves
    17. Christelle Kwizera || Founder, Water Access Rwanda
    18. Christian Achaleke Leke || Youth Development Expert
    19. CK Japheth || Founder , The Innovative Village
    20. Davido || Musician
    21. Debo Adedayo || Comic Actor
    22. Douce Namwezi N’Ibamba || Journalist, Uwezo Afrika Initiative
    23. DUDU || Comic Actor
    24. Eddie Ndopu || Activist
    25. Edouard Mendy || Footballer, Chelsea
    26. Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti || Climate Activist, Green Generation Initiative
    27. Emma Inamutila Theofelus  || Namibia Deputy Minister, Ministry of ICT
    28. Fadji Zaouna Maina (Dr) || Scientist, NASA Goddard
    29. Fatou Jeng || Founder, Clean Earth Gambia
    30. Fejiro Hanu Agbodje || Founder, Patricia Technologies
    31. Feryal Abdelaziz || Athlete
    32. Filsan Abdullahi || Activist
    33. Fireboy DML || Musician
    34. Focalistic || Musician
    35. Georgina Siaba || Founder, The N’Takou
    36. Given Edward || Founder, MyElimu Innovations
    37. Grand P || Musician
    38. Gregory Rockson || CEO, mPharma
    39. Hadija Jabiri || CEO, EatFresh
    40. Hilda Flavia Nakabuye || Founder, Fridays for Future movement
    41. Ibrahim Mahama || Artist
    42. Ire Aderinokun || Co-Founder, Feminist Coalition
    43. Iron Biby || Athlete
    44. Islam Elbeiti   || Co-Founder, Sudanese Innovation & Entrepreneurship Network
    45. Iyin Aboyeji || Founder, Future Africa
    46. JeanMarie Kalonji || Activist
    47. Jemimah Kariuki (Dr) || Founder, Wheels for Life
    48. Joanita Babirye || Co-Founder, GirlsForClimateAction
    49. Joeboy || Musician
    50. Joshua Cheptegei || Athlete
    51. Kabza De Small || DJ
    52. Kalidou Koulibaly || Footballer, Napoli
    53. Karabo Mokgonyana || Activist
    54. Khanyi Pearl Zungu || Chief Advisor Legal, Eskom
    55. KiDi || Musician
    56. Larry Madowo || Journalist, CNN
    57. Leah Namugerwa || Climate Activist
    58. Lelise Neme || CEO, Ethiopian Investment Commission
    59. Lyna Khoudri || Actress
    60. Manal || Musician
    61. Mark Angel || Comic Actor
    62. Maya Horgan Famodu || CEO, Ingressive
    63. Mbosso || Musician
    64. Melvyn Lubega || CEO, Go1
    65. Mohamed Ramadan || Actor
    66. Mohamed Salah || Footballer, Liverpool
    67. Muzalema Mwanza || Founder, Safe Motherhood Alliance
    68. Nadeen Ashraf || Activist
    69. Nader Ahmed || Actor
    70. Nadia Ahmed Abdalla || Kenya CAS, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth
    71. Nthabiseng Mosia || COO, Easy Solar
    72. OBoy || Musician
    73. Odunayo Eweniyi || Founder, PiggyVest
    74. Ojima Benjamin Ufaruna || Founder, BuyPower
    75. Olugbenga Agboola || Founder, Flutterwave
    76. Omah Lay || Musician
    77. Penton Keah || Comedian
    78. Peres Jepchirchir || Athlete
    79. Peruth Chemutai || Athlete
    80. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang || Footballer, Arsenal
    81. Richmond Bassey  || CEO, Bamboo
    82. Riyad Mahrez || Footballer, Manchester City
    83. Sadio Mane || Footballer, Liverpool
    84. Sam Nartey George || Member of Parliament (Ghana)
    85. Samuel Alemayehu || CEO, New Co
    86. Sarah Diouf   || CEO, Tongoro
    87. Soraia Ramos || Musician
    88. Tatjana Schoenmaker || Athlete
    89. Tayo Aina || YouTuber
    90. Tebogo Mashifana (Dr) || Lecturer, University of Johannesburg
    91. Tems || Musician
    92. Theo Baloyi || CEO, Bathu Shoes
    93. Tom Osborn || CEO, Shamiri Institute
    94. Ubah Ali || Activist
    95. Vanessa Nakate || Climate Activist
    96. William Last KRM || Actor
    97. Wizkid || Musician
    98. Wode Maya || YouTuber
    99. Zozibini Tunzi || Miss Universe 2019
    100. Zuchu || Musician

Source: Ifeanyi Ahyia Adjei

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