New African Magazine - Lists 100 most influential Africans.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan, Aliko Dangote, blogger Linda Ikeji, Amina J Mohammed, Dr.  Akinwumi Adesinaand 14 other Nigerians have been named amongst the 100 most influential Africans of 2015. 

Nigeria dominated followed by South Africa with 20 and 16 personalities respectively. 

“Of the top 100 personalities 65 are men and 32 are women, with the other three being groups of people. 

South Africa’s students, for example, were recognised this year for their role in South Africa’s #FeesMustFall and #Rhodesmustfall campaigns,” a statement said on Monday. 

Those on the list were drawn from sectors such as: Politics with 22 persons; Public Office, four; Arts and Culture, 21; just as Business. Others are: Civil Society (11); Technology (9); Media (seven); and Sports (five). 

“Prominent women making the list are UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and fellow South African Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the current Chairperson of the AU Commission, widely tipped to be a potential successor to her former husband, President Jacob Zuma. 

“Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is recognised together with her fellow heads of States, Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone for beating the odds to win the war against Ebola in 2015. 

“African financial giant and Credit Suisse boss, Tidjane Thiam from Côte d’Ivoire, makes this year’s Most Influential list for Business and Economy, where he is joined by new World Bank VP and Treasurer, Arunma Oteh, Kenyan ‘DJ’ businessman Chris Kirubi and the entrepreneur and innovator behind Tesla cars, Elon Musk, among others. Nigerian industrialist Aliko Dangote also makes the list.” 

On the list also are innovators (Cameroon’s Tonje Bakang), philanthropists (Senegal’s Akon), athletes (Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana), actors (Zimbabwe’s Danai Gurira and Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o), writers (Zambia’s Namwali Serpell), cultural and media personalities (Trevor Noah and Linda Ikeji), along with the activists, artists, models, musicians that have made the headline and shaped opinions during the year.

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