New African Magazine has released its yearly posting of the 100 Most Influential Africans for 2023. The list celebrates the accomplishments and commitments of Africans from different fields and areas, who decidedly impact the continent and the world at large.
The list includes a diverse and motivating group of people, who have shown greatness, growth, innovation, versatility, and vision in their various spaces. They include politicians, entrepreneurs, industrialists, environmentalists, creatives, scientists, educators, sports personalities, and more.
The creative category appears to have dominated the ranking with 31 delegates, including singer Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weekend, filmmaker Alice Diop and writer Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.
The second category with the biggest number of entries was the Business sector, with 25 entries. They included two two behemoths from DFIs, supporting a private sector approach to investing: Samaila Zubairu from Africa Finance Corporation and the President of Afreximbank, Benedict Oramah, undoubtedly Africa’s juggernaut from the last few years leading Africa’s transformation.
Additionally on the list is the former President of Eskom and informant André de Ruyter.
Nigeria represented the most on the list, with the country’s predominance in the creative sector and business. The only heads of state who made it were Kenya’s William Ruto and Nigeria’s Bola Tinubu, as well as Mamady Doumbouya, the leader of the military in Guinea.
With Environmental Change at the highest point of the plan, the list includes a few players in the ecological space, like James Mwangi, formerly from Dalberg Group who has set up his own venture fund putting resources into environment related organizations, and Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
In the media, two personalities from Côte d’Ivoire, Fabrice Sawegnon, founder of communications agency Voodoo, and Daniel Ahaoussa, serial entrepreneur and founder of a number of websites in West and Central Africa.
Also included are the journalist Alan Kasujja, the BBC journalist, and Branko Brkic, founder of Daily Maverick, arguably the most powerful media in South Africa today.
In sports, record breakers Faith Kipyegon and Kelvin Kiptum made it, as well as the Springboks team, under the authority of their skipper Siya Kolisi. Patrice Motsepe, the President of CAF, who is a close friend of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and an undeniably compelling voice in sports, is also in the list.
The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2023 is a special edition of New African magazine, which offers a comprehensive and insightful overview of the lives and achievements of the selected individuals. The magazine also provides a platform for the readers to learn from their stories, and to be inspired by their examples.
Below is a list of the Influencers:
Politics and Public Service:
Ibrahima Cheikh Diong
Sidi Ould Tah
Nadia Fettah Alaoui
Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah
André de Ruyter
Bernard Koné Dossongui
Science and Academia:
Anna Adeola Makanju
Chao Tayiana Maina
Nemat Talaat Shafik
James Irungu Mwangi
Ephraim Mwepya Shitima
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Dr Musonda Mumba
Kaouther Ben Hania
Tyla Laura Seethal
Temilade “Tems” Openiyi
Ali Said Alamin Mandhry
Abel “The Weekend” Tesfaye
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Mariam Issoufou Kamara
Gandhi “Maitre Gims” Djuna
Khabane “Khaby” Lame
Moses “Uncle Mo” Kiboneka
The Springboks, led by captain Siya Kolisi