Wizkid, Mahrez Named Among 100 Most Influential Young Africans (SEE FULL LIST)

Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s biggest honour for young achievers with annual participation from over 140 countries has announced its inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.

The list which has representation from 27 African countries has a gender equity of 62 men and 38 women with the youngest being 14, considering the age limit of 40.

Selecting 10 of the most influential across 10 distinct categories, the number 100 represents the force of young people who are creating change and making sure it translates into making the lives of other people better.

The list which was compiled in consultation with a jury made up of young Africans based across the globe after weeks of public nomination represents hope for the continent and exhibits the potentials Africa has to become a global phenomenon.

On social media 87% of these young Africans are on Facebook with a combined following of 18,317,458 whiles 86% have 16,203,116 followers on twitter. (Data compiled on 15th July, 2016).

Prince Akpah, President of the organisation, reiterated the need for the continent to be inspired by its own success stories and hope the list will provide a great reference of motivation for most young people to take a step in creating a great future for themselves and Africa.

Partners for the ranking included Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Global Skills Exchange, Project Know Thy Self International, ACME Consult, Afro Lynk, with the support of various Media Organisations across the continent.

Arranged in Alphabetical Order, below are the 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans

Abraham Attah
Ahmed Adamu
Ahmed Musa
Alain Nteff
Alek Wek
Alengot Oromait
Amira Yahyaoui
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anthony Mutua
Arthur Zang
Ashish Thakkar
Ashley Uys
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
Aya Chebbi
Baba Rahman
Barkha Mossae
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
Bitania Lulu Berhanu
Blessing Okagbare
Bogolo Kenewendo
Bright Simmons
Byrite Asamoah
Chancel Mbemba
Chidiogo Akunyili
Chimananda Ngozi
Christian Ngan
Christopher Ategeka
Clare Akamanzi
Diamond Platnumz
Emmanuel Makandiwa
Eric Kinoti
Eunice Jepkoech Sum
Farida Bedwei
Franklin Cudjoe
Fred Swaniker
Habsana Jallow
Hadeel Ibrahim
Henok Wendirad
Heshan De Silva
Ik Osakioduwa
Issam Chleuh
Jama Jack
James Mworia
Jamila Abass
Jim Iyke
Johnson Sakaja
Julius Malema
Kansiime Anne
Kelvin Macharia Kuria
Kennedy Odede
Khaya Dlanga
Landry Ndriko Mayigane
Landry Signe
Lina Ben Mhenni
Linda Ikeji
Ludwick Marishane
Lupita Nyongo
Makosi Musambasi
Maletsabisa Molapo
Mamadou Touré
Mark Essien
Mfonobong Nsehe
Minoush Abdel-Meguid
Mmusi Maimane
Moustapha Ben Barka
Murtala Mohamed Kamara
Mustapha Mokass
Nadeem Juma
Nelson Oduma
Nima Elbagir
Nkechikwu Nkeiruka Valerie Azinge
Ola Orekunrin
Omojuwa Japheth
Omotola Jalade
Patrick Ngowi
Peace Hyde
Phiona Mutesi
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Rapelang Rabana
Richard Nyong
Riyad Mahrez
Rosebill Satha
Saadatou Mallam Barmou
Sadio Mane
Samuel Malinga
Sangu Delle
Serge Aurier
Simbarashe Mhuriro
Siyabulela Xuza
Sophie Ikenye
Suleiman Sani Bello
Thato Kgatlhanye
Tom Osborn
Tonye Rex Idaminabo
Trevor Noah
Vincent Aboubakar
Vusi Thembekwayo
Zuriel Oduwole

Africa Youth Awards is Africa’s most prestigious award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.

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