As 2018 concludes – we present the December Edition which contains the full list of our popular Most Influential Africans of the Year as our festive season gift to all our valued and esteemed readers and fans.
This year’s listing – which for the first time features and equal number of men and women, still consists of some household names who have nevertheless continued to influence events and people outside their main activities, but also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and edited by reGina Jane Jere and Anver Versi with contributions from Wanjohi Kabukuru, Wanjiru Kariuki, David Thomas, Tom Collins and Taku Dzimwasha.