These Africans, in recognition of their works which has impacted lives across the continent, Africa Youth Awards has announced 100 young Africans from 32 African countries in its 2019 ranking of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
1. Adebo Ogundoyin (Rt Hon) – Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly (Nigeria)
Adebo Ogundoyin is a lawmaker from Ibarapa East constituency at the Oyo State House of Assembly under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party. He emerged the speaker of the 9th Assembly on the 10th of June 2019.
2. Adelle Onyango – Founder, The Adelle Onyango Initiative (Kenya)
Adelle Onyango is a Kenyan media personality who has gained international recognition for her efforts to empower Kenyan women and youth. She was named as one of OkayAfrica’s 100 extraordinary African women for 2018; as well as one of BBC’s 100 inspirational and innovative women in the world for 2017.
Adelle is the founder of The Adelle Onyango Initiative, an advocacy organization that works to educate the public on issues facing vulnerable populations; specifically, women and youth, while also providing solutions for reducing the barriers to empowerment and economic inclusion so that women and youth can thrive.
3. Ahlem Nasraoui – Regional Program Officer, IREX (Tunisia)
Ahlem is the regional program officer in the MENA region working on the US–Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Alumni Connection Program. As a former program specialist with expertise developing and implementing projects and solutions to achieve goals in the international development and social engagement spheres, Ahlem’s experience blends research and learning with program management.
At Breakthrough Media, Ahlem oversaw tasks involving conducting and analyzing research to understand on-the-ground situations and to ensure that learning was implemented into work across the team. Ahlem is also the president of Young Leaders & Entrepreneurs that managed diverse mentorship and capacity building
4. Ahmat Jidoud (Dr) – Deputy Minister in charge of Budget, Ministry of Finance
Dr. Ahmat Jidoud is the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance in charge of Budget.
He is an economist-statistician by training. He attended successively from 1988 to 1994 the Primary School of Nobi, the College of General Education (CEG) of Malbaza, and the High School of Excellence of Niamey. This attendance was sanctioned by obtaining the following diplomas: Certificate of Completion of Primary Education, the Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (BEPC) and the Baccalaureate, Series C.
5. Alaa Salah – Activist (Sudan)
Alaa Salah is a Sudanese student and anti-government protester. She gained attention from a picture of her taken by Lana Haroun that went viral in April 2019. The image of Salah has been dubbed as “Woman in White” or “Lady Liberty” of Sudan.
6. Alex Iwobi – Footballer, Everton FC (Nigeria)
Alex Iwobi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Everton and the Nigeria national team.
7. Aminetou Bilal – Founder, Selfie Mbalite (Mauritania)
Aminetou Bilal is an environmentalist and Geologist. In early 2017, she has launched a virtual campaign via Facebook to denounce the insalubrity in the form of hashtag #SelfieMbalite in Mauritania which has became viral. Currently founder and president of the NGO Selfie Mbalite, which campaigns for the protection of the environment and promotes the ecological development of Mauritania.
She is a UNEP Lead co-author of the Global Environment Outlook 6 for Africa Youth Chapter with 13 young Africans which is a publication of a historical process. She was appointed in November 2018, by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as a member of the first ever African Union Youth Advisory Council and was recently appointed to the Technical orientation committee on Strategic Minerals in Mauritania.
8. Anousha Junggee – Founder, Nineteen Fifty Design & Print Co Ltd (Mauritius)
Anousha Junggee is a leader in creating Eco-friendly businesses in Africa. She is the co-founder and director at 1950 Design & Print and founder of Eco Hustle Co Ltd , a company that has two Eco-friendly brands: Sakili (up-cycled bags made from used billboard) and Recycle Moi (100% biodegradable sanitary napkins).
9. Anoziva Marindire – Founder, Girls Speak Out (Zimbabwe)
Anoziva Marindire is the founder of Girls Speak Out, a non-profit coding, digital media and advocacy training program that is building tech-savvy communities of female leaders through investing in girls living in low income communities in Zimbabwe.
She is the founding Editor in Chief of Paradoka Magazine and a Co-Editor of the African Youth Journal on Development 2016 & 2018. As an African Union – Youth Division Youth Ambassador/Hero she consulted on the creation of the African Union’s Youth Roadmaps for 2015 and 2016. She is currently serves as a Policy & Advocacy Pillar Head in the Global Shapers Harare Hub.
10. Arit Okpo – Presenter, CNN Africa (Nigeria)
Arit Okpo is a Nigerian journalist and television host. Okpo is the host CNN International’s African Voices Changemakers and former presenter/producer at EbonyLife TV.
11. Ato Ulzen-Appiah – Director, GhanaThink Foundation (Ghana)
Ato Ulzen-Appiah is a social entrepreneur, consultant, blogger and director of the GhanaThink Foundation who was named 2018 African Male Youth of the Year at the annual Africa Youth Awards. He is a co-founder of Barcamp Ghana and Junior Camp Ghana which champions the youth to take up volunteer roles in Ghana.
12. Aya Chebbi – AU Youth Envoy, African Union (Tunisia)
Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first African Union Youth Envoy and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.
She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World Refugee Council and Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct. She also founded of the Afrika Youth Movement,(AYM) one of Africa’s largest Pan-African movements taking the agenda of African youth from the margins of society into the centre of regional and international discourse.
13. Beatrice Chepkoech – Runner (Kenya)
Beatrice Chepkoech Sitonik is a Kenyan distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She is the current world record holder in that event running 8:44.32 in 2018. With that time she became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45.
14. Burna Boy – Musician (Nigeria)
Damini Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing the lead single “Like to Party” from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E.
Burna Boy’s third studio album, Outside (2018), marked his major-label debut. In 2019, Burna Boy won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards. He was also announced as Apple Music’s Up Next artist. Burna Boy’s fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019.
15. Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe – CEO, Tshimong (South Africa)
Busi is a Social Entrepreneur and Speaker.
Mkhumbuzi Pooe is a Standard Bank Top Women Finalist, Inside Education Shining Star in Philanthropy, One Young World Ambassador, and has spoken at the TedWomen and TedXUCT conferences respectively. Tshimong is a proudly South African company creating NDP and SDG aligned education, media and social investment programs. As Chief Executive of Social Investments, Mkhumbuzi Pooe helps Tshimong’s partners to create successful and compliant social interventions within a niche area of expertise.
16. Buumba Malambo (Hon) – Founder, Buumbalambo Foundation (Zambia)
Buumba is the youngest female MP to be elected as council member in Zambia. She lives in her ward in the rural areas of Zambia, despite being educated.
She started an organization, Buumbalambo Foundation, that helps find sponsors for vulnerable children who can’t afford to go to school due to poverty and the effects of HIV and aids. She currently has over 700 children on her program accessing help from different people that she has reached out to through her initiative and the number keeps on growing, she has built toilets in her community. She was also voted the African Female Youth of the Year at the annual Africa Youth Awards.
17. Carmel Samimi – Legal Director, Africa, Reckitt Benckiser (South Africa)
Carmel is an experienced Counsel with a demonstrated history of working in multinationals. Multi territory corporate commercial experience in contract negotiations, legal advice, competition law, FCPA and anti-counterfeiting. She combines legal practice with commercial acumen. Her greatest joy is building diverse teams that are happy at work! She has a strong legal professional with a Master of Law qualification.
18. Caster Semenya – Runner (South Africa)
Mokgadi Caster Semenya OIB is a South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist. She won gold in the women’s 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 and at the 2017 World Championships in her new personal best, 1:55.16.
She was voted the 2018 Most Influential Young South African in a ranking poll by Avance Media.
19. Chanelle Zackey – National Marketing Director, Ferrari (South Africa)
Chanelle is the winner of the 2018 Ferrari Testa Rossa Awards for Top Marketing Executive.
She is an experienced National Marketing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and PR industry. She is skilled in negotiation, integrated marketing, advertising, sales, and communication. She has a strong marketing professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused on Communication and Media Studies from the University of Johannesburg. She is also passionate about empowering, inspiring and supporting the youth of our generation.
20. Darshan Chandaria – CEO, Chandaria Industries (Kenya)
Darshan Chandaria holds an undergraduate Business Management degree from Cardiff University in the UK. He is the Group CEO & a Shareholder of Chandaria Group.
He was voted the 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan in a ranking poll by Avance Media.
21. Davido – Musician (Nigeria)
David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Atlanta and raised in Lagos, Davido made his music debut as a member of the music group KB International.
He was voted the 2018 Most Influential Young Nigerian in a ranking poll by Avance Media.
22. Derick Omari – Founder, Tech Era (Ghana)
Derrick is a passion driven change maker in the social enterprise field with a demonstrated history of working in the education technology and non-profit management. Derick works to create a better world for the disabled with the use of technology to empower the disabled to gain employment, gain access to inclusive education, be independent and attain high level of social inclusion.
His work caught the attention of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and received the prestigious Queens Young Leaders Award in 2018 at the Buckingham Palace. His work also drew admirable attention from the President of Ghana and Ashesi University which earned him the Ashesi University Presidential Award from His Excellency, President Nana Akuffo Addo and Dr. Patrick Awuah, President of Ashesi University.
23. DJ Cuppy – DJ (Nigeria)
Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, famously known as DJ Cuppy, is a musician and entrepreneur with a rapidly increasing empire. Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1992, Cuppy’s musical endeavours began at a young age. By the time she turned 18, whilst attaining a BSc Economics at Kings College London, she was already producing her own tracks and DJing around the world.
To this date, Cuppy’s DJ skills have taken her to over 30 countries and she continues to fill dance floors across the globe. Cuppy’s open-format DJ style and unlimited genre catalogue takes audiences on an exuberant journey. She is praised for her ability to seamlessly fuse global tunes, relating with any diverse crowd. With her lovable personality and undeniable hard work ethic, she has quickly risen and continues her pop-cultured supreme lead role as an international pan-African brand. In 2017, she released her debut single, ‘Green Light’, which won the hearts of afrobeats lovers around the world. Cuppy has since followed up with hit singles ‘Vybe’, ‘Currency’, ‘Werk’ and ‘Abena’
24. Eddy Kenzo – Musician (Uganda)
Edrisah Kenzo Musuuza is a Ugandan singer and music executive who is a member of Big Talent Entertainment. He received international attention after the release of his 2014 single, “Sitya Loss” and an accompanying viral video that featured the Triplets Ghetto Kids.
25. Elizabeth Ntonjira – Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Amref Health Africa (Kenya)
Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira is currently the Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Amref Health Africa. She is a strategic communications specialist and has a vast experience managing and overseeing, external relations, stakeholder engagement, digital innovation, integrated communications & public relations, marketing, media relations and journalism practice, public policy and business strategy; experience she has gained within a number of roles in the public, private and international development sectors spanning over 10 years.
She was awarded the 2018 International Woman in Tech in the prestigious Women4Africa Awards. She was also awarded the IBM Smart Communicator Award for World Class Media Relations and exemplary communications work in Middle East and Africa in June, 2018. She was voted Leader of the Year in the 2018 Africa Youth Awards.
26. Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti – Founder, Green Generation Initiative (Kenya)
Elizabeth is a 24-years-old conservationist and climate activist from Kenya. She planted her first tree at the age of 7 years old and now is the founder of Green Generation Initiative (GGI).
She is a youth council member of the International Reserva: The Youth Land Trust and a board member of the Elephant Neighbors Center which is a grassroot organization that enhances capacity of communities living with wildlife. She is also one of the regional finalists for Africa for the UN Young Champions of the Earth 2019 due to the impact that her organization which nurtures young people to be conscious of the environment while promoting green projects has had.
27. Elton Jantjies – Rugby Player (South Africa)
Elton Thomas Jantjies is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team, the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup.
28. Fatima Maada Bio (H.E.) – First Lady, Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone)
Fatima Maada Bio is the current First Lady of Sierra Leone as the wife of Julius Maada Bio the 5th President of Sierra Leone. Fatima Bio was born and raised in Koidu Town, Kono District in Eastern Sierra Leone.
She is an award-winning actress, screenwriter and film producer in United Kingdom based African movies.
29. Felix Manyogote (Dr) – Medical Doctor, MaMa Afya Initiative (Tanzania)
Felix Manyogote is passionate about providing free door-to-door antenatal service and advocacy on male involvement in maternal health.
Felix was born and raised in Tanzania. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Catholic University of Health and Allied Science. As a Program Manager at the Mama Afya Initiative, he is responsible for organizing free health screening for rural women and conducting workshops in rural schools on comprehensive reproductive health. Through his work, he won a 2017 United Nations (UN) Global Goals Award in the Leave No One Behind category. Additionally, he also is the Vice President at the Tanzania Medical Students’ Association.
30. Francine Niyonsaba – Runner (Burundi)
Francine Niyonsaba is a Burundian runner who specializes in the 800 metres. She is a 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 800 metres. Her silver medal was the first Olympic medal for Burundi since 1996. Niyonsaba finished second in 800 meters 7 race series of 2016 Diamond League.
31. Francis Ben Kaifala – Commissioner, Sierra Leone Anti-corruption Commission (Sierra Leone)
Until his appointment as ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala was the Senior/Managing partner in the Firm Kaifala, Kanneh & Co. situated at Top Floor, 81 Pademba Road, Freetown a law firm he co-founded in 2014 and was Head of.
He also lectures in the Law Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
32. Funny Toheeb – Comedian (Nigeria)
Funny Toheeb is a Nigerian entertainer and celebrity impersonator who recreates ridiculous outfits using cheap household materials.
33. Genzebe Dibaba Keneni – Runner (Ethiopia)
Genzebe Dibaba Keneni is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the Beijing World Championships and a silver medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics.
34. GuiltyBeatz – Music Producer (Ghana)
Guilty Beatz, is a Ghanaian record producer best known for producing Chase “Tell Me Your Name”, Jesse Jagz “Bad Girl” and Efya “Getaway”, with the slogan “S.T.A.R Baby!!”
His interest in music began as a child when he received his first piano at the age of 1. His passion for music has grown ever since. He is famous for producing multiple songs for Beyonce on her Lion King Album.
35. Idia Aisien – Presenter, Arise TV (Nigeria)
Idia Aisien is a Nigerian model and TV presenter with Arise TV.
Aisien has worked with Fox 5 News, the AARP Foundation, Discovery Communications, the Foreign Policy Initiative, the United Nations and Atlas Mara. She has also modelled for many brands, such as BMW, Vogue, LAN Airlines, Black Opal, Nivea, Alice + Olivia, J Brand, Cashhimi, Samantha Pleet, Jovani, Evelyn Lambert, Nikki Angelique, An Alili and Sway Hair Ltd. In Nigeria, Idia has hosted You Got Issues and Style 101 on Spice TV, and the Mega Millions Lottery Draw on Silverbird.
36. Ilwad Elman – Director of Programs & Development, Elman Peace (Somalia)
Ilwad Elman, is a Somali-Canadian social activist. She works at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu alongside her mother abshir Adan, the NGO’s founder.
She was voted the African Young Personality (Female) of the Year during the 2016 Africa Youth Awards.
37. Jaha Dukureh – Founder, Safe Hands For Girls – The Gambia
Jaha Dukureh is a Gambian women’s right activist and anti-female genital mutilation campaigner. Dukureh was subjected to female genital mutilation in The Gambia when she was a little more than a week old.
38. Jean de Dieu ‘Jado’ Uwihanganye (Hon) – High Commisioner, (Rwanda)
Jean is currently a High Commissioner of Rwanda to Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and was appointed at the age of 30 as the Rwandan Minister for Transport becoming the youngest ever minister in the country and a hugely successful project manager.
39. Jeremy Lissouba (Hon) – MP, Dolisie 1 Constituency (Congo)
Lissouba Jeremy Sylvain is a Member of Parliament for Dolisie 1 for the political party, UPADS in Congo.
40. Joanah Mamombe (Hon) – MP, Harare West Constituency (Zimbabwe)
At 25, Joanah became Zimbabwe’s youngest legislator representing the Harare West Constituency.
She became active in public and political affairs at the CUT, where she joined student politics and subsequently became the first female secretary-general at the university and also later served as national gender secretary for Zimbabwe’s national students body, Zinasu. She is a graduate of the University of Chinhoyi where she completed a BSc in Biotechnology.
41. Julio Muhorro – Community Manager, Orange Corners Mozambique (Mozambique)
Julio Maria Couto di Paula Muhorro is an award-wining professional with positive attitude, organization and dependability, counting with more than 5 years’ experience within research, training and management environment.
Since 2013, Julio trained more than 600 people in marketing, business and entrepreneurship. He contributed in the launch and manages a leading incubation programme in Mozambique. Julio is an authentic social media influencer, facilitator and consultant. Julio did remarkable contributions at Mozambique-Nordic Good Growth Day 2018, Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2019 and Hack4Moz 2019. He won the Most Outstanding Delegate Award at Global Goals Model United Nations 2019 and the prestigious Diana Award in 2019.
42. Kahi Lumumba – CEO, Totem Experience (Congo)
Kahi Lumumba is a Congolese entrepreneur in the field of digital communication. His life, he spent it between Congo, Ivory Coast, Belgium, England and France. He has accumulated experience during his career as a marketing consultant before starting his own business.
Kahi Lumumba is an entrepreneur who first wants to make an impact in his community. His ambition to create new vocations and digital professions in Africa has pushed him to found a company that offers opportunities to active talents in this field.
43. Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh (Dr) – Deputy Director General, Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Agency (Ethiopia)
Dr. Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh is a medical doctor and an advocate with over six years of experience in public health advocacy, focusing on reproductive health. Currently, she is working as the medical director of a rural government hospital, where she oversees all clinical activities. She also helped to establish some departments within the hospital.
She is an active volunteer with a variety of organizations and serves as the director of the Public Health in Ethiopia Medical Students’ Association. Dr. Kalkidan earned her medical degree from the Addis Ababa University’s School of Medicine. She is a leader committed to empowering women in Ethiopia by addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights. One day, she hopes to see all women exercise their reproductive rights.
44. Kennedy Mmari – CEO, Serengeti Bytes (Tanzania)
Kennedy Mmari is a Tanzanian public relations, strategic communications, and digital marketing practitioner. He founded and run Serengeti Bytes, a full-service Communications, Public Relations, and Digital Media agency based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In September 2019, Clutch a US based research, ratings and reviews site listed Serengeti Bytes as one of the 2019 Top 20 B2B companies in Africa.
Prior to those, Kennedy worked as a Communications Officer for Raleigh International Tanzania, a sustainable development organisation that harnesses passion and energy of young people to effect positive change. During his time at Raleigh, he supported all external communication efforts authored several publications including annual reports, news articles, press releases, blogs, and social media management. Some of Mr. Mmari’s publications have appeared on the Guardian Newspaper (UK) and Raleigh International’s website, as well as local newspapers and television stations.
45. Kenneth Ize – Fashion Designer (Nigeria)
Kenneth Ize is a Nigerian fashion designer and finalist for the prestigious 2018 LVMH Prize. His pieces have been worn by Naomi Campbell and Donald Glover and has given a luxury finish to local artisanal aesthetics, rendering them desirable for high-end markets both at home and abroad.
Kenneth uses his cross-cultural experiences to produce new contemporary forms in the Nigerian fashion industry.
46. Kgomotso Phatsima – Founder, Dare to Dream (Botswana)
Kgomotso is a social entrepreneur who assists with the advancement of youth, women and girls in aviation and aerospace, STEM education awareness and equipping the upcoming generation with business entrepreneurial skills. She is among the first female military pilots in Botswana Defence Force and also won the Botswana Youth Awards Best Female of the Year 2017 and the 80th British High Commission Commonwealth Point of Light Award.
She was named among the Obama Foundation Africa Leaders Fellow and is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program for Women Leaders Promoting Peace and Security in USA.
47. Kim Jayde – Blogger (Zimbabwe)
Kim is a blogger and model. Kim took up modelling as a part-time job while she completed her honours degree and working in government hospitals, old age homes and being a high school counsellor. Fashion has always been one of Kim’s key interests and after numerous requests from her Instagram followers on where she got her clothing from, she decided to take it one step further and use it as a platform to collaborate with industry friends she had met over her modelling years such as photographers, local designers and make-up artists and this is how KimJayde was created. With the growth of her fashion blog, she then added travel after being approached by SANParks to travel around the country, write & vlog about her experience and because the opportunity still incorporated the fashion elements in her social media posts, this made the perfect match.
Kim has since been listed as one of the ‘40 Under 30 class of Emerging Zimbabwe Leaders’ by Gumiguru.
48. Kirsty Coventry (Hon) – Minister, Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation (Zimbabwe)
Kirsty Leigh Coventry is the current Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as of September 2018. She is a former swimmer and world record holder, and the most decorated Olympian from Africa.
49. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (Hon) – Minister, Ministry of Information (Ghana)
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is a Ghanaian politician, and Lawyer. He is the Member of parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency and the current Minister of Information.
50. Kondo Moussa – Country Director, Accountability Lab (Mali)
Kondo Moussa is a journalist, with over 13 years’ experience in various community development activities, particularly in citizen engagement and participation programs for young people. He founded the weekly printed newspaper, L’Express de Bamako, and Country Director of the Accountability Lab Mali, where he helps with sustainable development through the education of young people in leadership, promotes good governance, honesty and integrity in public service, and runs internship programs on journalism.
After his Master’s degree from The University of Bamako and his community service experiences Moussa has been selected among the 500 Most Valuable African Young Leaders in 2015 as Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In 2018, he was named an Obama Fellow and was also selected among the Draper Hills Fellows to study Democracy and Rule of Law at Stanford University.
51. Lamia Bazir – Founder, Empowering Women in the Atlas (Morocco)
Lamia Bazir is a 27 years’ Government Officer, Humanitarian, and Advocate for Youth and Women. She currently works for the Government on a cooperation program between the United States and Morocco. In her work, she focuses on projects linked to Education and Employability.
At the same time, she carries her advocacy and volunteering work by launching humanitarian initiatives in favor of rural women and disadvantaged youth and children. She is rising as a promising figure in the Moroccan civil society.
52. Landrick – Musician (Angola)
Landrick is the stage name of Lando Samuel, an Angolan musician.
In 2015, he released his first album called “Mr. Confuso”, which won him several awards at the Top of the Most Wanted of Angola National Radio, Top Radio Luanda (RL) including the prize for best musician in the Fashion contest. Luanda, winning the category of best collaboration.
53. Larry Madowo – Journalist (Kenya)
Larry Madowo was the lead for BBC News Africa’s new Business Unit and a Global Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post.
He was previously a reporter, anchor and editor with NTV Kenya, CNBC Africa and KTN Kenya. He also wrote a column for the Daily Nation and hosted a radio show on Nation FM. He has reported from over 40 countries and interviewed some of the world’s most prominent business, political and cultural icons. He was named among the 2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans.
54. Madelle Kangha – Founder, JumpStart Academy Africa (Cameroon)
Madelle Kangha is the Founder and President of JumpStart Academy Africa, a for impact social venture which seeks to transform Africa by fixing a broken education system. The Academy ensures inclusive and equitable quality education by improving learning outcomes for young people whilst supporting their personal and professional development.
Madelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Anthropology from the London School of Economics; and is an alumnus of the African Leadership Academy, Watson University, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.. Her vision is that by 2030, the 103 million youth worldwide who currently lack literacy skills will be literate and able to promote sustainable development.
55. Manasseh Azure Awuni – Journalist (Ghana)
Manasseh Azure Awuni, is a freelance journalist having worked with Multimedia Group Limited in Accra, Ghana for some time in the past. He is known for his controversial investigative and anti-corruption reports that have caused national uproar and also land some government officials in prison.
56. Maps Maponyane – Presenter (South Africa)
Masego “Maps” Maponyane is a South African television presenter, actor, fashion designer, speaker, model, creative consultant, voice over artist, philanthropist and business entrepreneur.
57. Mbali Nwoko – CEO, Green Terrace (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
Mbaku established Green Terrace in 2016 on 2 hectares and has since grown her business to farming on 14 hectares of open land, 10 green houses and 10 shade net structures. The company is focused on farming high value vegetable crops and supply leading retailers, food processors and fresh produce markets across South Africa.
58. Mensah Philippe Houinsou – Founder, Resonant Africa (Benin)
Mensah Philippe Houinsou has trained several thousands of young Africans including students, leaders, entrepreneurs, and government officials on how to use emotional intelligence to empower themselves and transform their communities.
Philippe is Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner by Six Seconds, the Emotional Intelligence Network as well as a Certified Mindfulness Trainer by World Peace Initiative. He is a beneficiary of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and has been nominated as One Young World Peace Ambassador. He is committed to helping young Africans succeed in their endeavors towards fostering sustainable development on the continent.
59. Mohamed Bashir Osman – CEO, Daauus (Somalia)
Mohamed is the Managing Director of Daauus Agency, the First Creative Advertising Agency in Mogadishu, Somalia
From the very bottom, Midmino has built a burgeoning company that employs 13 people, among them designers, photographers, sales, marketing, office staff and security guards.
60. Mohamed Salah – Footballer, Liverpool FC (Egypt)
Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Egypt national team. He is considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed.
61. Mr Eazi – Musician (Nigeria)
Oluwatosin Ajibade, better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. He founded the emPawa Africa project to support upcoming artists in Africa.
62. Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan – Coordinator, Africans Rising (The Gambia)
Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan is an award winning Pan African Advocate of the year 2018. As a human rights activist he organised widespread protests to get long Gambia dictator Yaya Jammeh to step down. Muhammed Lamin the Movement Coordinators of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. A Pan African grassroot Movement of the people and organisations working to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.
Mr. Saidykhan started his youth work with The Gambia Red Cross were he saved in different capacities from community leader, to regional and national leadership positions. He was a national organiser and trainer on First Aid, Disaster, International Humanitarian Law, Restoring Family Links, etc for many years.
63. Naïr Abakar – Deputy Director General , Technology Agency of the Republic of Chad (Chad)
Nair was recently appointed to the African Union Youth Advisory Council and in June 2019 appointed the Deputy Director General of the Chad ICT Development Agency where he is in charge of leading the digital transformation of his country.
In June 2017, he was assigned to organize the first ever Panafrican Youth Forum in collaboration with the African Union. At 25, he created 2 mobile applications and organized the first ever African Student International Show.
64. Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare – Managing Director, Primetime Ltd (Ghana)
Nana is an experienced MD with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. She is skilled in Event Planning, Advertising, Social Media, Corporate Communications, and Management. He also has strong business development professional with a Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) focused in Communication and Development Studies from Ohio University. Nana Akua A. Ankomah-Asare is a communications expert with 11 years of experience in planning and executing communication campaigns, television programmes and events. She has spent seven (7) of those years as Lead Consultant for the National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ), in charge of the programme’s successful production from inception to finish. The National Science & Maths Quiz is a competition targeted at Senior High Schools in Ghana, and aimed at promoting the study and application of Science and Mathematics at the Senior High School Level, as well as inculcating in students the desire to study and pursue courses in the Sciences and Mathematics, while creating a healthy academic rivalry among the Senior High Schools. Nana is an experienced MD with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. She is skilled in Event Planning, Advertising, Social Media, Corporate Communications, and Management. He also has strong business development professional with a Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) focused in Communication and Development Studies from Ohio University.
She is currently the Managing Director of Primetime Limited, a Communications Agency with an expertise in Publishing, Planning and Implementing Advertising Campaigns, Direct Community Contact, Public Education Campaigns, Event Management, Public Relations and Multimedia Productions, with the National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival as its flagship production. Primetime is a wholly-owned Ghanaian Agency incorporated in June 1992, and a proud winner of numerous national and international awards.
65. Nancy Kacungira – Presenter, BBC Africa (Uganda)
Nancy Kacungira is a multi-award-winning BBC journalist with more than 10 years of media experience in East Africa. As a speaker and moderator, Nancy has presented on some of the world’s biggest platforms including TedX, the World Economic Forum and a Presidential Debate. She holds a Master’s degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds.
Also an entrepreneur, Nancy co-founded the Blu Flamingo digital agency, which now operates in four African countries. One of her biggest commitments is towards championing diversity, balance and nuance in narratives about Africa.
66. Natalie Robi Tingo – Founder, Msichana Empowerment Kuria (Kenya)
Natalie is a multi-talented social entrepreneur, economist and human rights activist with several awards and recognitions to her name. She believes that every girl should grow free from violence. She works in the same village where she was born, raised, and discriminated against for being ‘uncut’.
67. Nerson Tjelos – Founder, Excel Dynamic Solutions (PTY) Ltd (Namibia)
Nerson Tjelos is trained Namibian Geoscientist, certified Project Manager and US Climate Reality trained Leader. He is the founder of Excel Dynamic Solutions (Pty) Ltd (www.edsnamibiaom), a diverse consulting firm that is rooted in natural resources discovery and their management, geoengineering project management, data technology and analytics, and subsequently rendering customer centric products and services from the aforementioned practices.
Outside the consulting business, he provides business mentorship to emerging entrepreneurs in more than 5 African countries. At the moment he is spearheading the drafting of a free training programme for small scale miners in different parts of the country to equip them with critical information in the area of resource management, mining law, environmental safety, climate change and business proposals writing. Nerson’s strong desire for a prosperous Africa made him to accept volunteering work and he is now the Country Representative for three Climate Change and World Health Global organizations namely; Climate Reality Project, Team 5 Project and Word Health Innovation Summit “WHISAfrica” Initiative. He was also recently nominated to serve on a committee within the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) that will be responsible for the mining sector.
68. Nour Brahimi, Vlogger (Algeria)
Nour Brahimi is the first Algerian female travel Vlogger. She empowers women through online videos and promotes tourism in Africa. She is a speaker and a social media marketing trainer. She is an Obana Leader Alumni and in August 2019 she was nominated in the Algeria Web Awards in two categories, Best instagrammer of the year and best YouTuber of the year.
She is a speaker for the 2019 WOMEN IN TRAVEL SUMMIT in Riga and in 2018 was hosted on a TV show for content creators in MENA region and made it all the way to the semi-finals.
69. Nozipho Mbanjwa – Presenter, CNBC Africa (South Africa)
Nozipho is an anchor and producer for CNBC Africa.
Nozipho Mbanjwa is a global moderator, broadcaster, and entrepreneur. She has moderated conversations for the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and its organs, and for multinationals operating in Africa.
70. OluTimehin Adegbeye – Writer (Nigeria)
OluTimehin Adegbeye is a Nigerian writer, editor and activist. Her work concentrates on questions of gender, sexuality, poverty and feminism.
71. Oluwatobi Oyinlola – CEO, rLoop Incorporated (Nigeria)
Oluwatobi Oyinlola is a Nigerian inventor, embedded systems engineer, IoT evangelist and tech speaker. He invented a smart pump device for gas stations in 2017 which was featured on Channels TV. He is one of the scholars of Open IoT Challenge 4.0 and nominated in top 12 proposals.
He was recently featured in an International Blog Hyperloop in Africa. In 2017 he was part of the speaker at Global IoT conference where he was speaking about Unlocking IoT potential in Africa, and also World IoT conference. He is the member of IoT Europe which he was featured representing Africa on World IoT day explaining how he uses IoT to solve some critical problems. Oluwatobi donates Intel IoT development kit to his Alma Mater Tai Solarin University of Education
72. Pamela Akplogan – Founder, Olade229 (Benin)
Pamela Akplogan is a Social Sciences and Education Specialist with a background in law from the Republic of Bénin. She is an activist and advocate for education, sport and women rights.
Pamela is an alumnus of the Global Sport Mentoring Program 2016 (Sport United), the prestigious YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2018, the Ashoka Emerging Social Innovators Program 2018 and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Young Leaders program 2017.
73. Petrider Paul – Team Lead, Voice Out Against Gender-Based Violence Initiative (Tanzania)
Petrider Paul is passionate about Gender Equality, reached over 200 young people to involve them directly to be agents of change, she oversees to an integrated Pan -African community where young people spearhead development, her engagement in formulating youth policies which gives room for young leaders in Tanzania to be part of the decision making process.
Team leader of Voice Out Gender-Based Violence Initiative aimed at reaching survivors and victims of gender based violence and amplifying their voices also serves the youth of Africa as an African Union Commission Youth Advisor appointed by His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat , amongst the 100 2019 Tanzania SheRoes profiling excelling women leaders in Tanzania , among many others she is also a Point of Light Commonwealth Award 2019 Recipient by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her voluntary work to end gender-based violence and child marriage , also a member of the East African Youth Ambassadors Platform she envisions an integrated East Africa with youth bring at the forefront to instil good governance democracy and development.
74. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Footballer, Arsenal FC (Gabon)
Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang is a Gabonese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal and is the captain of the Gabon national team. He is known for his pace, finishing, and off-ball movement.
75. Rachel Nyaradzo Adams – Founder, Narachi Leadership (Zimbabwe)
Narachi Leadership’s founder, Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, has been coaching and developing high-impact leaders her entire professional career. Frustrated by the constant criticism of poor leadership on the continent, and equipped with leadership tools from some of the best institutions known to the world, Rachel has merged her frustration with her expertise in leadership development to help leaders transform themselves and their environments.
Having trained and worked in top institutions across the world including McKinsey, Yale, Allan Gray Orbis and Newfield, Rachel understands the business of excellence in leadership quite intimately. Her ambition is to transform and empower emerging African leaders with tools to accelerate their own development and that of their environments.
76. Riyad Mahrez – Footballer, Manchester City (Algeria)
Riyad Karim Mahrez is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Manchester City and captains the Algerian national team. Mahrez began his career as a youth player for French club AAS Sarcelles.
77. Roberta Annan – CEO, Roberta Annan Capital Partners (Ghana)
Roberta is the founder of Annan Capital Partners (ACP), a sector agnostic specialized boutique investment company in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also owns RACP; a portfolio of assets in sustainable hospitality, agribusiness and sustainable luxury in Africa. Subsidiaries of RACP include: Cocoa Afric, African Hospitality Development Group (AHDG) and Frallain Group.
78. Rophnan – DJ (Ethiopia)
Rophnan Nuri, also known as Rophy or more commonly as Rophnan, is an Ethiopian DJ, record producer and songwriter.
79. Sabere Anselme Traore (Dr) – Medical Doctor (Burkina Faso)
Dr. Sabere Anselme Traore is a medical doctor and public health professional from Burkina Faso. By working for several NGOs, public health research institutes and the Ministry of Health of his country, he has acquired a great experience in clinical care and public health mainly related to the Integrated Management and Childhood Illness (IMCI), Performance-based Financing (PBF), free health care policy for pregnant women and children under five in Burkina Faso…Dr. Traore is currently leading the department of public health of the “African Youth Initiative for Development (AYID)” organization.
Dr. Sabere Anselme Traore hold a medical doctorate (MD) from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. In addition, he has undertaken as a Pear Foundation scholar, an International Master of Public Health (IMPH) at the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Israel. Currently, Dr. Traore is pursuing a master in health policy and management at the prestigious Emory University as a Fulbright scholar. Upon completion of his degree, Dr. Traore intends to contribute to design and implement better health policies mainly focused on maternal and child health issues.
80. Sadio Mane – Footballer, Liverpool FC (Senegal)
Sadio Mané is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team. Having begun his career with Metz in France, he transferred to Red Bull Salzburg in 2012.
81. Salma Rachid – Musician (Morocco)
Salma Rachid is a Moroccan singer. At the age of 18 following her participation in the second season of Arab Idol, broadcast on MBC. The youngest contestant, she earned fifth place and was praised for the strength of her voice, her ability to master various styles, and her charisma. She was nicknamed El Sultana by her fans and considers Umm Kulthum among her main inspiration.
82. Serge Beynaud – Musician (Ivory Coast)
Serge Beynaud is an Ivorian singer, songwriter and music producer, associated with such styles as Coupé-Décalé and Loko loko. AllAfrica.com has described Beynaud as an “Ivorian sensation” and a “heavyweight act”. In February 2015, he was number 1 in the StarAfrica Top 10, with his song Fouinta Fouinte.
83. Shakira Choonara (Dr) – Public Health (PHD) (South Africa)
Dr Shakira Choonara is a rising global icon, award-winning researcher, bold activist and the 2017 Woman of the Year in Health, in South Africa (SA). Her most notable and influential role to date is to be appointed to the inaugural African Union Youth Advisory Council and is a budding dynamic social entrepreneur.
Dr Choonara holds a PhD in Public Health, an Honours (Cum Laude) and a Masters in Demography from the University of the Witwatersrand, SA. She is widely-known and published for her work in public health (research and advocacy) on the fronts of universal health coverage, youth development, health governance, gender equality, disability and malaria prevention. Dr Choonara has also made a marked impact on social justice outside of healthcare, particularly fighting corruption, discrimination, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and serves as SA’s ambassador for non-racism.
84. Shatta Wale, Musician (Ghana)
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. He is known by his stage name Shatta Wale, formerly Bandana. His best known song is “Dancehall King”, which led to winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. He also featured on the Lion King Album by Beyoncé released in 2019.
85. Shirlene Nafula – CEO, Crystal River Products (Kenya)
At just 21, Shirlene decided to start a business that manufactures beauty and cleaning products the day after her UK student visa application was denied. Four years later, Crystal River Products makes six bio-based products that meet the Kenya Bureau of Standards quality requirements. From mixing chemicals on her mother’s dining table, Shirlene’s company now rents its own workshop and Shirlene hopes to construct a factory within the next year. The company enjoys nation-wide distribution and receives sales inquiries from neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania. Crystal Products employs a staff of 19.
86. Sho Madjozi – Musician (South Africa)
Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif, known professionally as Sho Madjozi, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and poet. Regarded as one of the best performers in Africa, Madjozi incorporates the Tsonga culture through her music and public image, as well as Swahili lyrics.
87. Simon Marot Touloung – Co-Founder, African Youth Action Network (South Sudan)
Simon Marot Co-founded the South Sudan Science Club (SSSC) whose main focus is environmental protection and Climate Change. He is also a co-founder and Program Manager for African Youth Action Network –AYAN in Kiryandongo refugee settlement, Uganda. AYAN is a youth initiative that advocates for peaceful coexistence, promotes the spirit of tolerance forgiveness and reconciliation amongst different South Sudanese Communities as well as among Host Communities in Uganda.
Marot is a member of the African Union (AU) Youth Advisory Council and UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council. He helped secondary high school students in mathematics, physics and chemistry.
88. Stephen Sang (H.E.) – Governor, Nandi County (Kenya)
Stephen Sang is a Kenyan lawyer and politician who currently serves as the second Governor of Nandi County in Kenya. He previously served as Senator for Nandi County from 2013 to 2017.
Hon. Stephen Kipyego Araap Sang is the Chairman of the Governors’ Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the second Governor of Nandi County. On August 8, 2017 Stephen Sang was elected as the youngest Governor in Kenya at 32, since the adoption of the devolved system in 2010. He is the second Governor for Nandi County. At Senate, Governor Sang served as the Chairperson of the Sessional Committee on Delegated Legislation, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights and a representative of Kenyan Parliament in the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).
89. Tata Osca – Comedian (Congo)
Actress, rapper, and model who is widely known for her TaTa Osca TV YouTube channel. She has gained popularity there for her original short films, sketches, and character monologues.
90. Temitope Ogunsemo – CEO, Krystal Digital (Nigeria)
Tope is an alumnus of Kings College, Lagos.He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the prestigious University of Ibadan.
He obtained a Master of Science degree in Information Management Systems from the University of Salford, United Kingdom.
91. Teni – Musician (Nigeria)
Teniola Apata, better known as Teni, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and entertainer.
92. Thando Thabethe – Presenter, 5FM (South Africa)
Thando Thabethe is a South African actress, radio DJ, television host and the first ever African brand ambassador for Nivea. She also is a presenter on her television show on channel TLC Thando Bares All. She played the role of Nolwazi Buzo on the South African soap opera, from 2014-2017 on Generations: The Legacy.
93. Upile Chisala – Writer (Malawi)
Born raised in Zomba, Malawi, writer Upile Chisala hopes to tell stories from the margins and, through her work, to help others and herself come to terms with pasts, celebrate presents, and confidently dream beautiful futures.
94. Usher Komugisha – Journalist, SuperSport TV (Uganda)
Usher Komugisha is one of the few female sports journalists paving the way for other young women in the industry and has been at the helm of Africa’s sports journalism, breaking down barriers in the male-dominated field of sport broadcasting.
She is a writer for the International Basketball Federation and contributor on African football to Super Sport TV, BBC Africa Football and Guardian Sport.
95. Vanessa Metou – Founder, LONA NGO (Congo)
Vanessa Metou is a young legal expert in international criminal law and activist for youth issues.
She is a dynamic achiever, Lecturer assistant at the University and Consultant. She started her involvement with the Local Committee of Democratic Children where she worked to promote Child’s Rights; she progressively joined various NGOs and Youth-led Organization.
96. Veda Sunassee – Director of Student Life, African Leadership University (Mauritius)
Veda Sunassee has spent nearly 8 years serving the African Leadership (AL) Group – founded by Fred Swaniker, one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and changemakers. During his time with the group, Veda has played a key role in the design and implementation of several key programs and products across all AL entities.
Veda started his career with the group at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) – a pan-African high school in South Africa, seeking to nurture leaders from all over the continent. For 5 years, Veda has also served as the lead designer and facilitator/emcee of the African Leadership Network (ALN)’s annual gathering – an event run as a leadership retreat for hundreds of entrepreneurs and leaders from all over Africa. Since 2015, Veda has been working at the African Leadership University (ALU), first as the Director of Student Life at the Mauritius campus and currently serving as Head of College at the Rwanda campus.
97. Vèna Arielle Ahouansou (Dr) – CEO, Kea Medicals (Benin)
Vèna Arielle Ahouansou is a Beninese medical doctor and the CEO of Kea Medicals. KEA Medicals is a company that improves the health care system. After 2 years of research on the evaluation of hospital information systems in Africa, she have herself the mission of revolutionizing the, by leveraging on digital in the health industry to save more lives.
At only 23, she chose to take the voice of entrepreneurship rather than that of hospitals as her colleagues ; because she says ” instead of being able to care for maybe a hundred patients a day being in one hospital, I want to be able to impact billions of patients across the world a day thanks to the Kea application.
98. Vickie Remoe – Host, Vickie Remoe Show (Sierra Leone)
Vickie Remoe is a writer, producer, and director of her own eponymous television program in Sierra Leone. Her show is the first independently produced travel and business television series of its kind. The shows 5th season premiered on Tuesday January 15th 2019, on AYV TV. The 10-week long docu-series uniquely highlights local content across West Africa, by diving into the minds and businesses of local entrepreneurs. Think of it as a cross between ‘The Oprah Show’ and Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ with a clear and direct focus on African business and travel.
She is also the founder of GoWoman Africa, an online platform that celebrates African women and the Managing Director at VRC Marketing, a marketing and strategic communications agency with clients in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana.”
99. Viveksingh N. Urjoon – Founder, Braille In Paradise (Mauritius)
Viveksingh N. Urjoon is the founder of Braille In Paradise. He is also a seasoned Relationship Manager in the Global Business at the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, Viveksingh has had a successful banking career so far. He started his professional journey at Barclays Bank PLC where he held diverse positions and then, moved to Standard Chartered Bank (Mauritius) Ltd where he was Principal Associate in the Financial Institutions unit and then, promoted to Assistant Director of the Offshore Booking Dept.
Vivek is also a globally recognized youth activist who promotes gender equality, rights of youth living with disabilities and quality and inclusive education. For almost twenty-two years now, he has been actively involved in many community development projects after gaining much experience by travelling in Africa and Asia. At the forefront of two Non-Governmental Organizations namely Braille in Paradise and Zenfants Bondier, he contributes in good governance on as board members.
100. Vivian Sonny – Nsirim – Founder, Young Moms Support Initiative (Nigeria)
Vivian is the founder of Young Moms Support Initiative (YMSI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) seeking to support and empower women and children for a better society.
Prior to starting Young Moms Support Initiative (YMSI), Vivian has worked both in the UK and Nigeria for such illustrious organizations like NHS UK, Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau UK, Partnerships-In-Care UK, Aspirations Care UK, Oiltest Group Nigeria and most remarkably, as the Special Assistant to Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Rivers State, Nigeria. Vivian’s guiding philosophy is to make a positive and sustainable difference in a young mother’s life. Her Humanitarian drives and passion has given Vivian a global feel in the International community. Vivian has basked a host of awards and accolades, both local and international. She has featured in multiple Online and Print platforms globally, including the United States and the UK.