In defining what passes for ‘influence’, New African has been careful to note that while there is indeed a wide array of qualities and proclivities that earmark people as ‘influential’, a person’s impact on the wide public, social and political community is one of the greatest indicators of influence. Bearing in mind that popularity doesn’t necessarily mean influential, New African Magazine has compiled its list of 100 most influential Africans, 23 of them being Nigerians.
Nigeria, with 23 nationals in the list, tops the list as the country with the highest number of influential people with South Africa coming second with 22 influential people. News African says of the list: “The list offers a glimpse into the diverse breed of young and established leaders intent on reinventing the face of Africa…They include entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, political game-changers, and sporting record breakers to name but a few.”
One of the most notable women (of the 32 women in the list) is 11-year old Zuriel Oduwole (Nigerian), featured on the magazine for her fight for the education of women. In the same vein, the oldest woman on the list is the Former foreign minister of Somaliland, Edna Adan (76), famous for fighting for women’s rights and health.
Some of the names in the list include music producer Don Jazzy, Aliko Dangote, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Idris Elba, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alek Wek, Chiwetei Ejiofor, David Adjaye, DJ Sbu, former president Thabo Mbeki, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, El Anatsui, Lupita Nyong’o, Omar Sy, P Square, Trevor Noah, Fatuomata Diawaraa, NoViolet Bulawayo, etc.