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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.

  1. Abir Ibrahim || Associate Africa Director, World Economic Forum
  2. Achraf Hakimi || Footballer, PSG
  3. Adebola Williams || Group CEO, RED | For Africa
  4. Adeniyi Adebayo || Chief Business Officer, Yango Africa
  5. Ahmed Kaballo || Founder, Africa Stream
  6. Amina Priscille Longoh || Minister, Chad
  7. Amisa Rashid || Founder, Nivishe Foundation
  8. Anna Ekeledo || CEO, AfriLabs Foundation
  9. Asake || Musician      
  10. Asisat Oshoala || Footballer, FC Barcelona
  11. Awa Bousso Drame || Founder, CoastGIS
  12. Ayra Starr || Musician
  13. Benjamin Fernandes || CEO, NALA
  14. Bimbo Ademoye || Actress    
  15. Bitania Lulu Berhanu || Programmes Director, AMREF
  16. Black Sherif || Musician        
  17. Bogolo Kenewendo || Global Economist      
  18. Broda Shaggi || Content Creator        
  19. Burna Boy || Musician
  20. Canary Mugume || Journalist 
  21. Charity Ekezie || Content Creator      
  22. Charlene Ruto || CEO, SMACHs Foundation
  23. Chido Cleo Mpemba || African Union Youth Envoy
  24. Chike || Musician       
  25. Christine Mhundwa || Media Personality, DW TV
  26. Chude Jideonwo || Media Personality
  27. Davido || Musician     
  28. Debo Adedayo || Content Creator      
  29. Déborah Mutund || Media Personality           
  30. Dudu || Content Creator         
  31. Ebuka Songs || Musician       
  32. Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa || CEO, HigherLife Foundation
  33. Elizabeth Wathuti || Climate Activist
  34. Emma Inamutila Theofelus  || Minister, Namibia
  35. Francis Zavier Ngannou || Boxer       
  36. Ham Serunjogi || CEO , Chipper Cash
  37. Hilda Baci || Chef      
  38. Humphrey Nabimanya || CEO, Reach A Hand, Uganda
  39. Ibrahim Traore (H.E.) || President, Burkina Faso
  40. Ineza Umuhoza || Climate Activist    
  41. Inna Hengari || Member of the National Assembly, Namibia
  42. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji || CEO, Future Africa
  43. Jamila Mohamed HSC || Journalist   
  44. John-Allan Namu || Journalist
  45. Johnson Sakaja || Governor of Nairobi, Kenya
  46. Kennedy Ekezie || CEO, Kippa
  47. Larry Madowo || Journalist, BBC
  48. Lawrence Maleka || Media Personality         
  49. Layi Wasabi || Content Creator         
  50. Le Général Tchoutchoubatchou || Content Creator   
  51. Libianca || Musician  
  52. Maimouna Ba || Activist        
  53. Mark Masai || Journalist        
  54. Mercy Chinwo || Musician    
  55. Mohamed Adow || CEO, PowerShift Africa
  56. Mohamed Salah || Footballer, Liverpool
  57. Mohammed Bello El-Rufai || Member of the House of Representatives, Nigeria    
  58. Mohammed Kudus || Footballer, West Ham
  59. Moses Bliss || Musician         
  60. Mr Eazi || CEO, Empawa Africa
  61. Musa Keys || Musician          
  62. Nadia Mukami || Musician    
  63. Nancy Isime || Actress
  64. Nozipho Tshabalala || CEO, The Conversation Strategists
  65. Odunayo Eweniyi || Co-Founder, PiggyVest
  66. Olugbenga Agboola || CEO, Flutterwave
  67. Omar Hagrass || CEO, Trella
  68. Raissa Kanku  || Community Specialist, World Economic Forum
  69. Rema || Musician       
  70. Rose Pola Pricemou, || Minister, Republic of Guinea
  71. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa || Journalist
  72. Sadio Mane || Footballer, Al Nassr
  73. Sam George Nartey || Member of Parliament, Ghana
  74. Samson Itodo || CEO, YIAGA Africa
  75. Sébastien Haller || Footballer, Borussia Dortmund
  76. Shola Akinlade || CEO, Paystack
  77. Somachi Chris-Asoluka || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  78. Stephen Sang || Governor of Nandi County, Kenya
  79. Stonebwoy || Musician          
  80. Susan Nakhumicha Wafula || Cabinet Minister for Health, Kenya
  81. Tayo Aina || Content Creator 
  82. Tems || Musician        
  83. Thembi Kgatlana || Footballer           
  84. Theo Baloyi || CEO, Bathu
  85. Tobi Bakre || Actor    
  86. Tunde Onakoya || Founder, Chess in Slums Africa
  87. Tusaiwe Munkhondya || Founder, YANA
  88. Tyla || Musician         
  89. Uncle Mo || Content Creator  
  90. Vanessa Nakate || Climate Activist   
  91. Victor Osimhen || Footballer, Napoli
  92. Walter Pacheco || CEO, Bodiva-Bolsa De Dívida E Valores De Angola
  93. Wema Sepetu || Actress         
  94. Wezi || Musician        
  95. Wildiley Barroca || Consultant          
  96. William Last KRM || Content Creator           
  97. Wode Maya || Content Creator          
  98. Yassine Bounou || Footballer, Al Hilal
  99. Yvan Butera (Dr.) || Minister of Health, Rwanda
  100. Zuchu || Musician      

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