The list of the most influential young Africans was released during the inaugural Africa Youth Awards. The scheme aims at honouring the works of Africans in the continent and even those in the diaspora in both the public and private sector.
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyongo made it to the list, this come as no surprise as Lupita became a household name when she put Kenya on the global map as the first African actress to win an academy award for her role as Patsy in 12 years a slave.
Also on the list is 32 year old entrepreneur, Eric KInoti, the founder and CEO of Shade Systems East Africa Limited that is established in over 6 countries. Kinoti was also recognized by Forbes when he was named among the Top 30 under 30 most promising African entrepreneurs in 2014.
Media personality Sophie Ikenye, the presenter of BBC daily Africa news programme was celebrated by jubilant Kenyans on social media for making it to the list as well. Ikenye was an anchor at NTV before she moved to BBC in 2009 as radio host of Focus on Africa.
Johnson Sakaja the chairman of TNA was also honoured, other notable names include Tanzanian artist Diamond Platinumz, Ghana’s Sarkodie and Nigeria’s Wizkid who are breaking records in the music industry, South Africa’s Trevor Noah and Uganda’s Anne Kansime for their comedy works and Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade.
Chimananda Ngozie Adichie the author of Purple Hibiscus was also honoured for her non-fiction works.
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