2017 Most Influential African Leaders – Bearing in mind his recent pan-African advocacy, as well as other achievements, Nana Addo’s inclusion in the list of most Influential African leaders may not come as a surprise.
Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been named as one of the 2017 Most Influential African Leaders.
Nana Addo alongside Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Guinean President Alpha Conde were all listed on The New African Magazine annual 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017.
Ghana’s President made the list of 2017 Most Influential African Leaders, as one of only three heads of state.
Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was listed in the Politics and Public Service category for his extraordinary role during President Muhammadu Buhari’s 103-day medical leave.
The list, for the first time since the magazine began publishing, featured a total of 42 women, the highest number of female entries so far. Topping the list was Nigeria with 21 entries followed by South Africa with 14.
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This list also had the name of Ghanaian born new Editor of British Vogue, Edward Kobina Enninful, as well as new heavyweight boxing sensation Nigerian-British Anthony Joshua.
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie made a return in the Arts and Culture category but she was joined by Ghana’s Adwoa Aboah and Hijab wearing Somali top model Halima Aden.
Renowned business gurus such as Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, Tanzania’s Mohammed Dewji Angola’s Isabel dos Santos and Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais were named in the Business and Finance category.
Apart from the 2017 Most Influential African Leaders, the 2017 list, which has been described as the magazine’s most diverse, had more than eight categories namely politics and public service, business and finance, civil society and activism, education, science-technology-innovation, media, arts and culture.
According to the New African Magazine’s Editor, Anver Versi, this year’s list sought to award personalities whose work or activity has had some “transformative effect outside their main calling.” This according to him formed the basis on which the 2017 Most Influential African Leaders were selected.
2017 Most Influential African Leaders – Here is a full List of The New African Magazine’s Honours
* Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus – new and first African WHO Director General (Ethiopia)
* Olga Johnson – Secretary General of the Foundation for Energy (Benin)
* Ikponwosa Ero – UN’s Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism. (Nigeria)
* Anne-Marie Imafidon – Child progidy, co-founder of Stemettes for young women in science and tech (Nigeria/UK)
* Jelani Aliyu – Design of GM’s electric Chevrolet Volt car, now new Director General of Nigeria’s National Automotive Design and Development Council (Nigerian)
* Dr Helena Ndume – One the world’s most prolific ophthalmologists; has restored sights for over 30000 people for free, working with See International (Namibia)
* Carlos Lopes – Respected economist. Former UNECA Chief now Professor of Economics, University of Cape Town
* Edward Kobina Enninful – New and first black and male editor of British Vogue (Ghana/UK)
* Koos Bekker – Chairman and former CEO of media giant Naspers
* Adwoa Aboah – Feminist and Top Model of the moment and (Ghana/UK)
* Mo Salah – Footballer who taking Egypt to the World Cup (Egypt)
* Mo Farah – One of the greatest middle and long-distance and marathon runner of his generation – (Somalia/UK)
* Eniola Aluko – The football star who stood up and exposed a racism in the English FA (Nigeria/UK)
* Elijah Manangoi – The new 1500meters sensation to watch (Kenya)
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