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The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018

The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018
  • PublishedDecember 28, 2018

Written and edited by  reGina Jane Jere  with Anver Versi and Wanjohi Kabukuru, Wanjiru Kariuki, David Thomas, Tom Collins and Taku Dzimwasha.

This year’s listing consists of some household names who have nevertheless continued to influence events and people outside their main activities, and a whole batch of other names that may have gone under the radar but whose achievements and influence are immense.

Putting together a listing like this is an inspiring exercise – but also maddeningly difficult. This is because the sheer number of people who deserve to be included is so vast that selecting who makes the list and who does not can hinge on small margins of subjective judgement.

Nevertheless, we hope you will agree with the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018 list, although you will no doubt have your own favourites.

Suffice it to say that even if we had extended the list to 200 individuals, we could not have accommodated everyone who deserves recognition for their contributions to the glory of Africa.

One of the outstanding features of this year’s list is the number of people of African descent who are making their mark at a global level. This is a clear indication of the wealth of talent that our continent possesses and shows that given the slightest opportunity, our men and women can eclipse their peers worldwide in their chosen fields of endeavour.

We are also pleased to be able to include individuals who toil away, often against impossible odds, to bring change and hope in often unglamorous environments.Their achievements, which touch thousands, if not millions of lives, are often overlooked by the media but the examples they set are invaluable in the unfolding emancipation of Africa.

As the list shows, in virtually every field of human endeavour, from governance, to business, to science, to healthcare, to education, to the arts, to sports, to activism, to journalism, to innovation, to agriculture and to conservation, you will find an outstanding African pushing back the limits of what is possible.

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Written By
Regina Jane Jere

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion.

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