2017 List of 100 Most Influential Young Africans: Youth from around the world are making positive impact on issues ranging from governance to innovation. African boasts of one the most vibrant youth populations across the globe. Young persons from the vast continent are making their presence felt in business, politics, education, activism, entertainment and innovation. This is attributable to improving education, internet connectivity and gains made on freedom of expression.

2017 List of 100 Most Influential Young Africans
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Kenya is not exempt from the growing impact youth are making. There is a visible increase in youth participation in matters previous generations of young people shied from or did not have the ability or opportunity to participate in. For instance, the just concluded general elections saw several young people, in their early twenties, floor perennial political heavyweights to make it to County and National Assemblies.

The Africa Youth Awards started out in 2014 in a bid to recognize and appreciate contributions made by young Africans, both at home and abroad. The award scheme states on its website that their mission is to “transform the perception of the future of Africa in creating hope in young individuals who in various ways are contributing to the developmental success of the African Continent.”

The list is made up of African youth aged between 15 and 36 years old. Finalists came from 28 countries with Nigeria leading the pack with 19 representatives. Other countries with huge representation include South Africa which has 18, Ghana with 10 and Kenya with 7. The awards jury comprised of young Africans from across the globe.

Some Kenyans who have made it to the 2017 list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans include:

Cyprian Nyakundi – Political and social justice blogger

Boniface Mwangi –  Politician cum activist

Larry Madowo – Media

Eric Kinoti – Entrepreneur

Gakii Biriri – Social enterprise and philanthropist

Jessica Francisca – Science and technology

Johnson Sakaja – Politician

Mumbi Ndung’u – Social enterprise and philanthropy

Below is the full list

  1. Achaleke Christian Leke
  2. Aigbe Omoregie
  3. AKA
  4. Akani Simbine
  5. Albert Kusi
  6. Ali Kiba
  7. Alloysius Attah
  8. Almaz Ayana
  9. Amel Bouchoucha
  10. Ameyaw Debrah
  11. Amr Sobhy
  12. Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily
  13. Asamoah Gyan
  14. Asma Khalifa
  15. Bashir Ahmad
  16. Berla Mundi
  17. Bonang Matheba
  18. Bongani Baloyi
  19. Boniface Mwangi
  20. Bosun Tijani
  21. Cassper Nyovest
  22. Caster Semenya
  23. Catherine Constantinides
  24. Mutoba Ngoma
  25. Cyprian Nyakundi
  26. Damien Mouzoun
  27. Damilola Oluwatoyinbo
  28. Davido
  29. Diamond Platnumz
  30. Diana Elizabeth Michael
  31. DJ Arafat
  32. DJ Zinhle
  33. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
  34. Kelechi Anyikude
  35. Ehiz
  36. Ekow Mensah
  37. Elijah Amoo Addo
  38. Ellen Chilemba
  39. Eric Kinoti
  40. Flaviana Matata
  41. Francine Muyumba
  42. Frederick Bohasu
  43. Gakii Biriri
  44. Gigi Ibrahim
  45. Gwendolyne Halle
  46. Hlomela Bucwa
  47. Samaila Suleiman
  48. Ibtissam Tiskat
  49. Ilwad Elman
  50. Ines Boubakri
  51. Itumeleng Khune
  52. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana
  53. Jessica Francisca Colaço
  54. Jimi Tewe
  55. Johnson Sakaja
  56. Jokate Mwegelo
  57. Julius Malema
  58. Kansiime Anne
  59. Kelvin Doe
  60. Khoudia Diop
  61. Knight Ganje
  62. Larry Madowo
  63. Lilian Makoi
  64. Ludovic Biyong
  65. Maps Maponyane
  66. Mark Angel
  67. Mercy Johnson Okojie
  68. Mike Chilewe Jnr
  69. Millard Ayo
  70. Mumbi Ndungu
  71. Muna Onuzo-Iyanam
  72. Nana Diaby
  73. Nancy Sibo
  74. Nancy Sumari
  75. Nasty C
  76. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  77. Randy Osae Bediako
  78. Riyad Mahrez
  79. Robtel Neajai Pailey
  80. Sadio Mane
  81. Salimatou Fatty
  82. Samson Itodo
  83. Sandile Shezi
  84. Sarkodie
  85. Shatta Wale
  86. Siyanda Mohutsiwa
  87. Sonia Mugabo
  88. Souhila Ben Lachhab
  89. Sylvia Kakyo
  90. Teacher Mpamire
  91. Tebogo Ditshego
  92. Thabo Msibi
  93. Toke Makinwa
  94. Tonye Rex Idaminabo
  95. Toyosi Akerele
  96. Uche Pedro
  97. Victoria Ibiwoye
  98. Wizkid
  99. Yasmin Mahfouz
  100. Yasmine El Baggari

Source: Africa Youth Awards

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