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Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi named among 2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans


Ghanaian Dancehall Artist, Shatta Wale,
Nigerian musicians Burna Boy and Mr Eazi have been named among the 2019 ranking
of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.

The list
which annually recognises the works of young Africans who have impacted lives
across the continent, features young people from 32 African countries.

In its
4th year, the list has previously helped to celebrate and throw the spotlight
on the remarkable achievements and contributions of young people towards the
development of the African continent and also serving as a motivation to
millions of young people across the globe.

insights on the publication, Prince Akpah, founding president of Africa Youth
Awards, mentioned that this year’s list features a record of 52 females and 48
males from 32 countries and is an attestation of the works put forth by young
people who are passionate about changing the narrative of the African

among the 2019 honourees are DJ Cuppy, African Union Youth Envoy; Aya Chebbi,
Sierra Leone’s First Lady; H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, Global Teacher Prize Winner;
Peter Tabichi, Davido, African Fashion Fund founder; Roberta Annan, Governor of
Nandi County, H.E. Stephen Sang and Sudanese activist Alaa Salah.

South Africa, Kenya and Ghana lead with representations on the list with 15,
11, 9 & 8 honourees respectively.

Profiles of all the honourees have been published on

Below is the list of Africa Youth Award’s 2019
100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged in alphabetical order.

  1. Adebo Ogundoyin (Rt. Hon), Oyo State House of Assembly (Nigeria)
  2. Adelle Onyango, The Adelle Onyango Initiative (Kenya)
  3. Ahlem Nasraoui, IREX (Tunisia)
  4. Ahmat Jidoud (Dr), Ministry of Finance (Niger Republic)
  5. Alaa Salah, Activist (Sudan)
  6. Alex Iwobi, Everton FC (Nigeria)
  7. Aminetou Bilal, Selfie Mbalite (Mauritania)
  8. Anousha Junggee, Nineteen Fifty Design & Print Co Ltd (Mauritius)
  9. Anoziva Marindire, Girls Speak out (Zimbabwe)
  10. Arit Okpo, CNN Africa (Nigeria)
  11. Ato Ulzen-Appiah, GhanaThink Foundation
  12. Aya Chebbi, African Union (Tunisia)
  13. Beatrice Chepkoech, Runner (Kenya)
  14. Burna Boy, Musician (Nigeria)
  15. Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe, Tshimong (South Africa)
  16. Buumba Malambo (Hon), Buumbalambo Foundation
  17. Carmel Samimi, Reckitt Benckiser (South
  18. Caster Semenya, Runner (South Africa)
  19. Chanelle Zackey, Ferrari (South Africa)
  20. Darshan Chandaria, Chandaria Industries
  21. Davido, Musician (Nigeria)
  22. Derick Omari  ,
    Tech Era (Ghana)
  23. DJ Cuppy, DJ (Nigeria)
  24. Eddy Kenzo, Musician (Uganda)
  25. Elizabeth Ntonjira, Amref Health Africa
  26. Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Green Generation
    Initiative (Kenya)
  27. Elton Jantjies. Rugby Player (South Africa)
  28. Fatima Maada Bio (H.E.), First Lady (Sierra
  29. Felix Manyogote (Dr), MaMa Afya Initiative
  30. Francine Niyonsaba, Runner (Burundi)
  31. Francis Ben Kaifala, Sierra Leone
    Anti-corruption Commission (Sierra Leone)
  32. Funny Toheeb, Comedian (Nigeria)
  33. Genzebe Dibaba, Runner (Ethiopia)
  34. GuiltyBeatz, Music Producer (Ghana)
  35. Idia Aisien, Arise TV (Nigeria)
  36. Ilwad Elman, Elman Peace (Somalia)
  37. Jaha Dukureh, Safe Hands For Girls (The
  38. Jean de Dieu ‘Jado’ Uwihanganye, High
    Commisioner (Rwanda)
  39. Jeremy Lissouba (Hon), Dolisie 1 Constituency
  40. Joanah Mamombe (Hon), Harare West
    Constituency (Zimbabwe)
  41. Julio Muhorro, Orange Corners Mozambique
  42. Kahi Lumumba, Totem Experience (Congo)
  43. Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh (Dr), Ethiopian
    Pharmaceutical Supply Agency (Ethiopia)
  44. Kennedy Mmari, Serengeti Bytes (Tanzania)
  45. Kenneth Ize , Fashion Designer (Nigeria)
  46. Kgomotso Phatsima, Dare to Dream (Botswana)
  47. Kim Jayde, Blogger (Zimbabwe)
  48. Kirsty Coventry (Hon), Ministry of Youth,
    Sport, Arts and Recreation (Zimbabwe)
  49. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (Hon), Ministry of
    Information (Ghana)
  50. Kondo Moussa, Accountability Lab (Mali)
  51. Lamia Bazir, Empowering Women in the Atlas
  52. Landrick, Musician (Angola)
  53. Larry Madowo, Journalist (Kenya)
  54. Madelle Kangha, JumpStart Academy Africa
  55. Manasseh Azure Awuni, Journalist (Ghana)
  56. Maps Maponyane, On Air Personality (South
  57. Mbali Nwoko , Green Terrace (Pty) Ltd (South
  58. Mensah Philippe Houinsou, Resonant Africa
  59. Mohamed Bashir Osman, Daauus (Somalia)
  60. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool FC (Egypt)
  61. Mr Eazi, Musician (Nigeria)
  62. Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, Africans Rising
    (The Gambia)
  63. Naïr Abakar, Technology Agency of the
    Republic of Chad (Chad)
  64. Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare, Primetime Ltd
  65. Nancy Kacungira, BBC Africa (Uganda)
  66. Natalie Robi Tingo, Msichana Empowerment
    Kuria (Kenya)
  67. Nerson Tjelos, Excel Dynamic Solutions (PTY)
    Ltd (Namibia)
  68. Nour Brahimi, Vlogger (Algeria)
  69. Nozipho Mbanjwa, CNBC Africa (South Africa)
  70. OluTimehin Adegbeye, Writer (Nigeria)
  71. Pamela Akplogan, Olade229 (Benin)
  72. Peter Tabichi, Science Teacher (Kenya)
  73. Petrider Paul, Voice Out Against Gender-Based
    Violence Initiative (Tanzania)
  74. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal FC (Gabon)
  75. Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, Narachi Leadership
  76. Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City (Algeria)
  77. Roberta Annan, Roberta Annan Capital Partners
  78. Rophnan, DJ (Ethiopia)
  79. Sabere Anselme Traore (Dr), Medical Doctor
    (Burkina Faso)
  80. Sadio Mane, Liverpool FC (Senegal)
  81. Salma Rachid, Musician (Morocco)
  82. Serge Beynaud, Musician (Ivory Coast)
  83. Shakira Choonara (Dr), Public Health (PHD)
    (South Africa)
  84. Shatta Wale, Musician (Ghana)
  85. Shirlene Nafula, Crystal River Products
  86. Sho Madjozi, Musician (South Africa)
  87. Simon Marot Touloung, African Youth Action
    Network (South Sudan)
  88. Stephen Sang (H.E.), Nandi County (Kenya)
  89. Tata Osca, Comedian (Congo)
  90. Temitope Ogunsemo, Krystal Digital (Nigeria)
  91. Teni, Musician (Nigeria)
  92. Thando Thabethe, 5FM (South Africa)
  93. Upile Chisala, Writer (Malawi)
  94. Usher Komugisha, SuperSports (Rwanda)
  95. Vanessa Metou, LONA NGO (Congo)
  96. Veda Sunassee, African Leadership University
  97. Vèna Arielle Ahouansou (Dr), Kea Medicals
  98. Vickie Remoe, Vickie Remoe Show Africa
    (Sierra Leone)
  99. Vivek Urjoon, Braille In Paradise (Mauritius)
  100. Vivian Sonny – Nsirim, Young Moms Support Initiative (Nigeria)

list which was compiled in partnership with Avance Media, mynaijanaira.com,
VIPI State Agency and Unorthodox PR & Media Group also presents an
opportunity for young Africans to stay committed to their individual causes and
continue to blaze trails across their various fields.

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