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List of 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2021 announced by Avance Media

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.

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.

 

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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