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Avance Media Announces 2023 100 Most Influential Young Africans List

Leading African PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has announced its list of 2023 100 Most Influential Young Africans. The list, which is the 8th edition, features young Africans creating and leading positive impact in their various countries and the continent.

With representatives from about 30 countries, the 2023 list features prominent individuals such as Burkina Faso's President, Ibrahim Traore, and the African Union Youth Envoy, Chido Cleo Mpemba.  Ministers of State, climate activists, content creators, musicians, and athletes are all recognized for their achievements.

The list is a powerful testament to the vast pool of talents and leaders across Africa. It includes young people making a difference in various sectors, from government and business to activism, entertainment, and media.

"We are incredibly proud to unveil the 2023 edition of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans," said Prince Akpah, Founder of Avance Media. "This list showcases the incredible diversity and potential of young Africans who are driving change and shaping the future of our continent.  These young leaders inspire us all and serve as role models for the next generation."

This year's list includes Ministers of State: Amina Priscille Longoh, Emma Inamutila Theofelus, Rose Pola Pricemou, Yvan Butera (Dr.); Climate Activists: Mohamed Adow, Elizabeth Wathuti, Ineza Umuhoza and Vanessa Nakate & Content Creators such as Wode Maya, Charity Ekezie, Dudu, Le Général Tchoutchoubatchou, Tayo Aina, Uncle Mo and William Last KRM.

Below is Avance Media’s 2023 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged alphabetically. 

Abir Ibrahim || Associate Africa Director, World Economic Forum

Achraf Hakimi || Footballer, PSG

Adebola Williams || Group CEO, RED | For Africa

Adeniyi Adebayo || Chief Business Officer, Yango Africa

Ahmed Kaballo || Founder, Africa Stream

Amina Priscille Longoh || Minister, Chad

Amisa Rashid || Founder, Nivishe Foundation

Anna Ekeledo || CEO, AfriLabs Foundation

Asake || Musician

Asisat Oshoala || Footballer, FC Barcelona

Awa Bousso Drame || Founder, CoastGIS

Ayra Starr || Musician

Benjamin Fernandes || CEO, NALA

Bimbo Ademoye || Actress

Bitania Lulu Berhanu || Programmes Director, AMREF

Black Sherif || Musician

Bogolo Kenewendo || Global Economist

Broda Shaggi || Content Creator

Burna Boy || Musician

Canary Mugume || Journalist

Charity Ekezie || Content Creator

Charlene Ruto || CEO, SMACHs Foundation

Chido Cleo Mpemba || African Union Youth Envoy

Chike || Musician

Christine Mhundwa || Media Personality, DW TV

Chude Jideonwo || Media Personality

Davido || Musician

Debo Adedayo || Content Creator

Déborah Mutund || Media Personality

Dudu || Content Creator

Ebuka Songs || Musician

Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa || CEO, HigherLife Foundation

Elizabeth Wathuti || Climate Activist

Emma Inamutila Theofelus  || Minister, Namibia

Francis Zavier Ngannou || Boxer

Ham Serunjogi || CEO , Chipper Cash

Hilda Baci || Chef

Humphrey Nabimanya || CEO, Reach A Hand, Uganda

Ibrahim Traore (H.E.) || President, Burkina Faso

Ineza Umuhoza || Climate Activist

Inna Hengari || Member of the National Assembly, Namibia

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji || CEO, Future Africa

Jamila Mohamed HSC || Journalist

John-Allan Namu || Journalist

Johnson Sakaja || Governor of Nairobi, Kenya

Kennedy Ekezie || CEO, Kippa

Larry Madowo || Journalist, BBC

Lawrence Maleka || Media Personality

Layi Wasabi || Content Creator

Le Général Tchoutchoubatchou || Content Creator

Libianca || Musician

Maimouna Ba || Activist

Mark Masai || Journalist

Mercy Chinwo || Musician

Mohamed Adow || CEO, PowerShift Africa

Mohamed Salah || Footballer, Liverpool

Mohammed Bello El-Rufai || Member of the House of Representatives, Nigeria

Mohammed Kudus || Footballer, West Ham

Moses Bliss || Musician

Mr Eazi || CEO, Empawa Africa

Musa Keys || Musician

Nadia Mukami || Musician

Nancy Isime || Actress

Nozipho Tshabalala || CEO, The Conversation Strategists

Odunayo Eweniyi || Co-Founder, PiggyVest

Olugbenga Agboola || CEO, Flutterwave

Omar Hagrass || CEO, Trella

Raissa Kanku || Community Specialist, World Economic Forum

Rema || Musician

Rose Pola Pricemou, || Minister, Republic of Guinea

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa || Journalist

Sadio Mane || Footballer, Al Nassr

Sam George Nartey || Member of Parliament, Ghana

Samson Itodo || CEO, YIAGA Africa

Sébastien Haller || Footballer, Borussia Dortmund

Shola Akinlade || CEO, Paystack

Somachi Chris-Asoluka || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation

Stephen Sang || Governor of Nandi County, Kenya

Stonebwoy || Musician

Susan Nakhumicha Wafula || Cabinet Minister for Health, Kenya

Tayo Aina || Content Creator

Tems || Musician

Thembi Kgatlana || Footballer

Theo Baloyi || CEO, Bathu

Tobi Bakre || Actor

Tunde Onakoya || Founder, Chess in Slums Africa

Tusaiwe Munkhondya || Founder, YANA

Tyla || Musician

Uncle Mo || Content Creator

Vanessa Nakate || Climate Activist

Victor Osimhen || Footballer, Napoli

Walter Pacheco || CEO, Bodiva-Bolsa De Dívida E Valores De Angola

Wema Sepetu || Actress

Wezi || Musician

Wildiley Barroca || Consultant

William Last KRM || Content Creator

Wode Maya || Content Creator

Yassine Bounou || Footballer, Al Hilal

Yvan Butera (Dr.) || Minister of Health, Rwanda

Zuchu || Musician

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