Mo Abudu, Don Jazzy, 21 Other Nigerians Lead 100 Most Influential Africans List

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Pan African publication New African has published a list on the most influential Africans, offering a glimpse into the diverse breed of young and established leaders intent on reinventing the face of Africa.

Nigeria leads the way with the highest number of influential figures, taking up 23 spaces on the list with an incredibly wide spread over all categories, as well as dominating the business scene.

The names includes people like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Aliko Dangote, Jim Ovia, Adebayo Ogunlesi, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Andrew Alli, Kola Aluko, Jason Njoku, Solomon Wifa, Tony Elumelu, Zuriel Oduwole, Francisca Nneka Okeke, T.B. Joshua, Alex Okosi, Mosunmola Abudu, Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie, Chiewetel Ejiofor, Don Jazzy, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, P-Square and Blessing Okagbare.

Of the 32 women on the list, Zuriel Oduwole from Nigeria has at the young age of 11 been making waves across Africa in the fight for women’s education. Her accomplishments to date include having interviews with eight African heads of state and the launch of a mentorship programme for girls.

Check the full list in the December issue of New African.



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