Celebrating some of the worlds 100 most influential people, this year’s TIME magazine’s 100 list included a total of six African influencers, who have impacted the world in one way or another.
Categorising sports icons, artists, political leaders, business leaders and more, here are the Africans who were advocated by their peers to grace the 2019 TIME 100 list and receive recognition for their impact.
1. Caster Semenya
The South African Olympian has been battling the IFA after the governing body argued that her biologically high testosterone hormone levels gave her an unfair advantage in women’s competition and should be medically lowered. A fighter in many ways, Semenya’s efforts could go a long way to allowing all those who identify as women to compete in track and field sports.
2. Remi Malek
The star of Bohemian Rhapsody, Egyptian-American actor Remi Malek has had a hell of a year. Flying the flag for his home nation, Malek is a testament to hardworking immigrant raising their kids right whilst honouring their culture and heritage.
3. Mohamed Salah
Also one of the stars gracing the six covers of TIME’s annual 100 magazines, the Egyptian footballer has quickly become Egypt’s hero on and off the football pitch. An honourable ambassador of the African nation, Salah has impacted the beautiful game with his infectious perfect combination of African hard work, intensity and humbleness.
4. Fred Swaniker
Leadership development expert, Fred Swaniker is the Ghanaian entrepreneur that’s developing Ghana’s youth. Inspiring the continents most valuable assets through educational initiatives like his African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network and the African Leadership University, Swaniker is on course to educate Africans next leaders.
5. Abiy Ahmed
The Ethiopian Prime Minister is responsible for a dawn of new age for the country with his rhetoric on togetherness and unity which eventually led to peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea after a 20-year conflict. With exiled Ethiopians including Olympic Silver Medalist Feyisa Lilesa now able to return to their home nation, Prime Minister Ahmed has definitely turned a new leaf for Ethiopia.
6. Cyril Ramaphosa
South African President who succeeded the controversial Jacob Zuma, is being heralded for taking on the economic and social challenges that face one of African’s most historied nations. Hoping to end the corruption that has stifled the countries economy, President Ramaphosa keeps a smile and his chuckle even against all odds.