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Avance Media Announces 2022's 100 Most Influential Young Africans

Leading PR & Rating firm Avance Media has announced the 7th edition of its prestigious annual publication, the 2022 100 Most Influential Young Africans. This publication recognises and celebrates young people who are making a positive impact in their communities and industries across the continent.

The 2022 100 Most Influential Young Africans feature young people from 25 different countries, with 31 Nigerians being the highest representatives, followed by 11 Kenyans, 10 Ghanaians, 5 South Africans, and 7 Tanzanians. The list also showcases the diversity and strength of young people, with 43 females and 57 males.

The publication covers young people working in a variety of industries, including media, business, leadership, climate change, and entertainment. These young Africans are setting the pace for their peers and inspiring a new generation to take on leadership roles and make positive impacts in their communities.

In a statement by Prince Akpah, the Founder and Managing Director of Avance Media, he said, “We are proud to announce the 7th edition of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans, which celebrates the achievements and contributions of young people across the continent. This publication is a testament to the remarkable resilience and potential of Africa's young people and a celebration of their determination to make a positive impact in their communities.”

He went on to say, “We hope this list will inspire more young people to take on leadership roles and to continue to make a positive impact in their communities. It also serves as a platform for recognition, networking, and collaboration, allowing these young people to drive change and make a lasting impact on the continent.”

Avance Media's 2022 100 Most Influential Young Africans Publication is a celebration of the achievements and potential of young people across the continent. The 7th edition serves as a platform for recognition, inspiration, and collaboration, encouraging young people to take on leadership roles and make a positive impact in their communities.

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2022 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged in alphabetical order.



1.    Abubakar Nur Khalil || CEO, Recursive Capital


2.    Achraf Hakimi || Footballer, PSG    


3.    Ama Qamata || Actress    


4.    Amanda Dlamini || Football Analyst    


5.    Amandla Ooko-Ombaka || Partner, McKinsey & Company


6.    Amina Priscille Longoh || Minister of Women and the Protection of Early Childhood, Chad


7.    Angella Okutoyi || Tennis Player    


8.    Anita Soina || Founder, Spice Warriors


9.    Anna Ekeledo || Executive Director, Afrilabs


10.    Asake || Musician    


11.    Asisat Oshoala || Footballer, FC Barcelona Femení


12.    Aya Chebbi || Founder, Nala Feminist Collective


13.    Barbara Gonzalez || CEO, Simba Sports Club


14.    Benjamin Fernandes || CEO, Nala Money


15.    Black Sherif || Musician    


16.    Bogolo Joy Kenewendo || Special Advisor & Africa Director, Climate Champion


17.    Burna Boy || Musician    


18.    Canary Mugume || Journalist, NBS Television


19.    Caren Wakoli || Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Foundation


20.    Charlot Magayi || CEO, Mukuru Stoves 


21.    Chido Cleo Mpemba || Youth Envoy, African Union


22.    Chude Jideonwo || Host, WithChude


23.    CkAY || Musician  

  
24.    Daniel U. Anthony (True Crime Daniel) || YouTuber    


25.    Davido || Musician    


26.    Debo Adedayo || Comedian & Activist    


27.    Edith Yah Brou  || Blogger & Influencer    


28.    Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa || CEO, Akello


29.    Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti || Executive Director, Green Generation Initiative


30.    Elvis Agyemang (Rev) || Pastor & Host, Alpha Hour


31.    Emilia Nghikembua || CEO, Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia 


32.    Emma Inamutila Theofelus || Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Namibia


33.    Faith Keza || CEO, Irembo Ltd


34.    Farida Bemba Nabourema  || Activist & Founder, Africa Bitcoin Conference


35.    Ferdinand Omanyala || Athlete    


36.    Fireboy DML || Musician    


37.    Francis Zavier Ngannou || Martial Artist   

 
38.    Hakim Ziyech || Footballer, Chelsea FC    


39.    Ham Serunjogi || CEO, Chipper Cash


40.    Ife Durosinmi-Etti || CEO, Herconomy


41.    Ilwad Elman  ||     


42.    Ini Dima-Okojie || Actress


43.    Isima Odeh || Founder, Africa Facts Zone


44.    Issam Chleuh || Regional Manager (West & Central Africa), United Nations Capital Development Fund


45.    Jenovive Chinyere  || CEO, Pacific Corporation


46.    Johnson Sakaja || Governor, Nairobi


47.    Jokate Mwegelo || District Commissioner for Temeke, Tanzania 

   
48.    Joshua Amponsem || Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization


49.    Kalidou Koulibaly || Footballer, Chelsea FC


50.    Khaby Lame || Social Media Influencer    


51.    Khadija Mohamed Elbedweihy  || CEO, PraxiLabs


52.    Kili Paul  || Digital Content Creator   

 
53.    Kizz Daniel  || Musician    


54.    Kojo Soboh || CEO, EMY Africa


55.    Kwame A.A. Opoku || CEO, Reset Global People


56.    Larry Madowo  || On-air Personality, CNN


57.    Mbosso || Musician    


58.    Michael Kwesi Ofori || CEO, Investor Hub Africa


59.    Mihlali Ndamase || Influencer   

 
60.    Millard Ayo || Journalist    


61.    Mohamed Adow || Founder, PowerShift Africa


62.    Mohamed Salah || Footballer, Liverpool FC


63.    Mohammed Kudus || Footballer, Ajax FC


64.    Moses Bliss || Musician    


65.    Moussa Kondo || Country Director, Sahel Institute


66.    Mr Eazi || Musician    


67.    Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan || Head of Building Power, Climate Action Network International


68.    Nancy Isime || Actress    


69.    Ncuti Gatwa || Actor    


70.    Nelly Cheboi || CEO, TechLit Africa


71.    Odunayo Eweniyi || Co-Founder, PiggyVest


72.    Olubanjo Olugbenga || CEO, Reeddi


73.    Omah Lay || Musician    


74.    Osas Ighodaro || Actress    


75.    Patience Masua || Member of Parliament, Namibia


76.    Peace Hyde || Journalist, Forbes Africa


77.    Rachel Sibande (Dr.) || CEO, mHub


78.    Rema || Musician    


79.    Sadio Mane || Footballer, Bayern Munich


80.    Samson Itodo  || Founder, YIAGA Africa


81.    Sarah Abdelbaky || Journalist    


82.    Satta Sheriff  || Activist    


83.    Sheilah C Gashumba || Journalist, NBS Television


84.    Shinez Chalabi || Head of startups & VCs in the Middle East and Africa, Google


85.    Stonebwoy || Musician   

 
86.    Tay Grin || Musician    


87.    Tayo Aina || YouTuber    


88.    Tems || Musician    


89.    Tesi Rusagara || Managing Director, Kigali Innovation City


90.    Theo Baloyi || CEO, Bathu


91.    Thuso Mbedu || Actress    


92.    Tino Waked || Regional General Manager, Uber MEA


93.    Tunde Ednut || Online Influencer    


94.    Vanessa Nakate || Founder, Riseup Movement Africa


95.    Vincent Aboubakar || Footballer, Beşiktaş


96.    Wemimo Abbey || Co-CEO, Esusu


97.    William Last KRM || Comedian    


98.    Wizkid || Musician    


99.    Wode Maya || YouTuber  

  
100.    Zuchu || Musician


Source: Prince Apkah


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