Kenya’s President William Ruto has been listed among the TOP 100 Most Influential Africans of 2023, in the Politics and Public Service category. This prestigious recognition was announced by New African magazine, renowned for its annual listing of influential personalities who have made significant contributions across various sectors.

The Magazine says the 2023 list is a compelling showcase of African talent and leadership, featuring a diverse group of individuals excelling in their fields. The magazine says the men and women on the list have shown “innovation, leadership, resilience, and vision”, positively impacting both the continent and the global stage. The list spans a broad spectrum of professions, including politicians, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, creatives, scientists, educators, and sports personalities.

This year’s list reflects the evolving trends and challenges faced by Africa in the post-pandemic era. Notably, creatives dominate with 31 representatives, highlighting their significant cultural and economic impact. This includes prominent figures like singer Abel Tesfaye (The Weekend), filmmaker Alice Diop, and writer Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.

Business leaders form the second-largest category with 25 entries. Prominent names include Samaila Zubairu from Africa Finance Corporation and Afreximbank President Benedict Oramah, who have played key roles in Africa’s economic transformation. Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, known for his whistleblowing, is also recognized.

Nigeria stands out as the most represented country, emphasizing its leadership in the creative and business sectors. Alongside President Ruto, Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu and Guinean military leader Mamady Doumbouya are the only heads of state on the list. Doumbouya has been in the spotlight for his role at the UN General Assembly and in resolving the Simandou mining issue.

The list also highlights key figures in the fight against climate change, such as James Mwangi, who is investing in climate-related businesses, and Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

In media, Ivorian leaders Fabrice Sawegnon and Daniel Ahaoussa, BBC journalist Alan Kasujja, and Daily Maverick founder Branko Brkic are recognized for their influential roles. The sports category features record-breaking athletes Faith Kipyegon and Kelvin Kiptum, the Springboks team led by Siya Kolisi, and Patrice Motsepe, President of CAF.

The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2023 special edition of New African magazine offers a detailed overview of these individuals’ achievements. It serves not only as a recognition of their accomplishments but also as an inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps.

For more details and to access the full list, the special edition can be downloaded here.


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