President Bola Tinubu, business magnate Aliko Dangote, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, and Grammy award-winning artist Burna Boy have been recognized among the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2023, according to a publication by New African magazine released on Tuesday.
The list aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals across various sectors who have made a positive impact on the continent and globally. The diverse group includes leaders in politics, entrepreneurship, industry, environmentalism, creativity, science, education, and sports.
Creatives dominate the ranking, with 31 representatives, reflecting the evolving trends and priorities in Africa post-pandemic. Nigeria stands out as the most represented country on the list, underscoring its dominance in the creative sector and business.
In the politics and public service category, prominent figures such as Kenyan President William Ruto, World Trade Organisation Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and President of the African Development Bank Akinwunmi Adesina are recognized alongside President Tinubu.
The sports category features Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and President of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe, among other notable names.
Within the creative industry, Nigerian talents Burna Boy and Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, receive acknowledgment, while business mogul Aliko Dangote is listed among influential figures in the business category.
President Tinubu assumed office on May 29, 2023, after winning the presidential election against major rivals Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. Burna Boy secured a Grammy Award in 2021, winning the Best Global Music Album category.
Kenya’s election body declared William Ruto the winner of the presidential poll in August 2022, while Napoli striker Victor Osimhen received acclaim as the 2023 African Player of The Year and Sportsman of The Year.
The publication showcases the remarkable influence and contributions of these individuals, highlighting their roles in shaping Africa’s future across diverse fields.