Skip to main content

2018 100 Most Influential Young Africans Announced

100 young achievers from 26 African countries have been announced by Africa Youth Awards as part of the 2018 list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.

The annual prestigious list which was launched in 2016 and currently in its third year features young politicians, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, digital influencers, philanthropists & athletes across 10 distinct categories who are blazing various trails and promoting the positive image of Africa across the globe.

Speaking about the publication, Prince Akpah, founding President of Africa Youth Awards, curators of the list noted; the current list features a record 90 new entrants and 43 females. According to him, this year’s honorees were listed for their individual and collective contributions towards positioning the image of Africa as frontrunners in their respective fields. He also urged other young Africans to emulate the footstep of the listed individuals and join them to make Africa a better and safer place for young dreamers.

Notable among the 2018 honorees are Uganda’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu  (Bobi Wine), Togo’s Farida Bemba Nabourema, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Nigeria’s Davido, Guinea’s ABD Traore, Kenya’s  Xtian Dela, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and Tanzania’s Alikiba.

Youngest duos on the list include Musician Nasty C from South Africa and Nigeria’s Social Entrepreneur, Wadi Ben-Hirki at 21 years.

Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana & Tanzaania all lead the list with 20, 17, 12 & 8 representatives respectively.

The list which was compiled in partnership with Avance Media, & Made Marketing Group presents an opportunity for young Africans to stay committed to their individual causes and continue to blaze trails across their various fields.

Below is the list of the 2018 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged in alphabetical order:

  1.     ABD Traore
  2.     Abdellah Mallek
  3.     Adeola Fayehun
  4.     Ahmed Musa
  5.     Akwasi Frimpong
  6.     AliKiba
  7.     Ama Duncan
  8.     Amina Rabar
  9.     Amy Sarr Fall
  10.     Ancillar Mangena-Nombewu
  11.     Anita Adetola Adetoye
  12.     Âurea Mouzinho
  13.     Aya Chebbi
  14.     Bamai Namata
  15.     Bogolo Kenewendo
  16.     Bonang Matheba
  17.     Brian Amoateng
  18.     Brian Mutebi
  19.     Cassper Nyovest
  20.     David Moinina Sengeh
  21.     Davido
  22.     Dikeledi Mokoena
  23.     Dominique Alonga
  24.     Dr Sandile Kubheka
  25.     Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
  26.     Shakira Choonara
  27.     Edem Agbana
  28.     Ester Simon
  29.     Falz
  30.     Faraja Nyalandu
  31.     Farida Bemba Nabourema
  32.     Feka Parchibell Parch
  33.     Frank Edwards
  34.     Gideon Danso
  35.     Hamamat Montia
  36.     Hanane El Khader
  37.     Herieth Paul
  38.     Hodan Osman
  39.     Ibrahim Ceesay
  40.     Jennifer Bash
  41.     Joybert Javnyuy
  42.     Jumanne Mtambalike
  43.     Kalidou Koulibaly
  44.     Kelvin Nyame
  45.     Kenneth Okwor
  46.     Kenny Blaq
  47.     Kevin Lubega
  48.     Kgomotso Phatsima
  49.     Kow Essuman
  50.     Kungaba Fongoh Leonel
  51.     Kwame A.A Opoku
  52.     Luthando Shosha
  53.     Mabutho Mthembu
  54.     Maria Borges
  55.     Mbali Ntuli
  56.     Mbwana Samatta
  57.     Medhi Benatia
  58.     Millard Ayo
  59.     Mohamed Salah
  60.     Musawenkosi Saurombe
  61.     Mwiya Musokotwane
  62.     Nabimanya Humphrey
  63.     Nana Aba Anamoah
  64.     Nana Appiah Mensah
  65.     Nasty C
  66.     Nice Nailantei Leng’ete
  67.     Nneile Nkholise
  68.     Nomzamo Mbatha
  69.     Nontokozo Madonsela
  70.     Obinwanne Okeke
  71.     Olasupo Abideen
  72.     Orapeleng Modutle
  73.     Pedro Lopes
  74.     Percy Tau
  75.     Prince Louis Omolayo Adekola
  76.     Rachel Sibande
  77.     Raphael Obonyo
  78.     Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
  79.     Sadio Mane
  80.     Samuelle Dimairho
  81.     Sandra Ochola
  82.     Scheaffer Okore
  83.     Sherrie Silver
  84.     Sidiki Diabaté
  85.     Simidele Adeagbo
  86.     Stonebwoy
  87.     Sylvester Chauke
  88.     Takunda Chingonzo
  89.     Thando Thabethe
  90.     Toke Makinwa
  91.     Tomi Adeyemi
  92.     Tonye Rex Idaminabo
  93.     Ubi Franklin
  94.     Victor Moses
  95.     Victoria Ibiwoye
  96.     Wadi Ben-Hirki
  97.     Xtian Dela
  98.     Yannick Nzonde
  99.     Yasmin Belo-Osagie
  100.     Yusuf Bakhresa

Source: Africa Youth Awards



Anger as teenagers gang rape video goes viral

A Whatsapp video of four teenage boys allegedly gang raping a young girl has sparked outrage on social media with many Ghanaians calling on the security agencies to crack the whip.
The about five minutes video shows an underage girl pinned to a mattress by one of her abusers while his accomplices take turns to perform sexual acts on her.

Akufo-Addo's presidential kiss with wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivered the 2019 State of the Nation Address on Thursday, February 21 in Parliament.

Must Read : Radio & TV Host Anita Erskine Pens Down A Letter To Rashida Black Beauty

We woke up to this masterpiece online, a LETTER of Starr FM’s award-winning media queen and Women’s advocate, Anita Erskine has written a letter to Rashida Black Beauty .. Just like a carousel, the maiden is still in her spinning stage and like mother eagle, Anita sees the future that Rashida someday can become a fabric of a building, thus, she wants her to, “…come and let’s talk – one on one.”

Serena Williams explains why she chose to marry a White man

A lot of Black people have criticized tennis champion Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams for marrying and dating White men, instead of sticking with Black brothers. The mother-of-one has now explained her reason for marrying Alexis Ohanian.

Photos and Videos from Kennedy Osei and Tracy’s royal wedding

It was all glitz, glamour and fancy cars at Trassaco Estate as the General Manager of Despite Media and son of Ghanaian business mogul, Osei Kwame Despite, Kennedy Osei traditionally marries his girlfriend Tracy.

2017 WomanRising 100 Most Influential Ghanaian Women Announced

WomanRising, a flagship network of The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) has announced its annual list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Ghana (100 MIWG) for 2017.

Zimbabwe wants celebrity at carnival 'if she wears panties'

A popular South African celebrity has been invited to grace Zimbabwe's week-long Harare International Carnival in September, but with a caveat.
Zodwa Wabantu, known for her ostentatious skimpy dressing, has been asked by Zimbabwe's Tourism Authority (ZTA) to “cover the essentials” or she will be dropped from the event, South Africa's Sowetan Live news site reports.

Ghanaian female scientist, Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante receives international award for research

Five outstanding Laureates, one from each continent, were honoured for their significant contribution to science. These exceptional women were recognised for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science and they will each receive €100,000. Their achievements were celebrated alongside 15 International Rising Talents who are promising young women scientists from across the world at an awards ceremony on 14th March 2019 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.

Queen Latifah's longtime girlfriend Eboni Nichols spotted with a baby bump as she confirms they are expecting their first child

Over the weekend, news surfaced online that rapper, actress and TV host, Queen Latifah is expecting her first child with her longtime girlfriend Eboni Nichols.

Uganda telecom operators to start charging social media tax

Uganda’s major telecom operators, including the local division of South Africa’s MTN Group, said they will ask customers to pay a new government tax on social media accounts before they can access them.