Mbeki, Malema are influential Africans

By Drum Digital
27 November 2013

Former president Thabo Mbeki, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malem and fashion mogul Precious Motsepe are among the most influential Africans.

Former president Thabo Mbeki, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malem abd fashion mogul Precious Motsepe are among the most influential Africans.

South Africans made up 22 of the 100, according to a new list published by the New African.

"The list offers a glimpse into the diverse breed of young and established leaders intent on reinventing the face of Africa," the magazine said in a statement.

"They include entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, political game changers, and sporting record breakers to name but a few."

Among the 22 South Africans were former minister Jay Naidoo, comedian Trevor Noah and businessman Johann Rupert.

Nigeria has the most influential figures, with 23.

Of the 32 women on the list, 11-year-old Zuriel Oduwole from Nigeria featured given her 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," the magazine.

"Former foreign minister of Somaliland, Edna Adan, 76, a pioneer for women's rights and women's health, is the oldest female on the list."

- SAPA

- Picture Source - AFP

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