22 South Africans among 100 most influential Africans

2013-11-27 08:43

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

“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 today.

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

Among the 22 South Africans were former president Thabo Mbeki, former minister Jay Naidoo, fashion mogul Precious Motsepe, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, 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 for 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 said.

“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.”

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