• Monday, May 20, 2024
businessday logo

BusinessDay

Here are the 7 most influential Africans in the world 2024 – TIME

Here are the 7 most influential Africans in the world 2024 – TIME

In 2024, Africa’s influence spread across the continents, propelled by diverse individuals making significant contributions across music, sports, human rights advocacy, and entrepreneurship.

The inclusion of multiple Africans on Time magazine‘s esteemed list of the 100 most influential people of 2024 shows the continent’s rising prominence globally.

This recognition highlights the significance of representation and inclusion, emphasizing the growing impact of African voices on the international stage.

Read also: 5 Nigerians in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list 2024

Here are the 7 Most Influential Africans in the World 2024 – TIME

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy)

Burna Boy, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, is a remarkable Nigerian artist whose music blends Afrobeat, reggae, and dancehall. His lyrics touch on social issues, advocating for change.

Through his platform, he raises awareness about corruption, inequality, police brutality, and environmental concerns. His album “African Giant” garnered critical acclaim, solidifying his position in the music industry. Beyond music, he actively supports causes like education and healthcare, earning global respect and admiration as a true icon.

Frank Mugisha

Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, is a leading advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in Uganda, facing significant challenges due to anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and societal prejudice.

Despite personal risk, he champions human rights, challenges discriminatory laws, and promotes visibility and education. His resilience and dedication have earned him international recognition as a prominent voice for equality and inclusion.

Read also: Burnaboy named one of TIME 100 most influential people in 2024

Julienne Lusenge

Julienne Lusenge, a Congolese human rights activist, co-founded SOFEPADI to combat sexual violence in the DRC. She advocates against gender-based violence, documenting abuses and supporting survivors.

Lusenge also established the Fund for Congolese Women to empower local initiatives. Her work has earned international recognition, including prestigious awards, and she emphasizes women’s participation in peace-building.

William Ruto

William Ruto, President of Kenya, has had a significant political career, holding various positions including Member of Parliament and Minister of Home Affairs.

He emphasizes economic growth and social welfare programs, despite facing challenges such as corruption allegations and ICC proceedings. Ruto’s influence extends to regional dynamics, and he intends to run for the presidency in the 2022 elections, focusing on empowering citizens.

Siya Kolisi

Siyamthanda “Siya” Kolisi is a South African rugby union player who captains the national team. Raised in Port Elizabeth, he overcame adversity after his mother died, and excelled in rugby, earning scholarships to prestigious schools. His professional career includes stints with Western Province, the Stormers, the Sharks, and Racing 92.

In 2018, he made history as the first black captain of the Springboks, leading them to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Kolisi advocates for positive change and community development. He recently led South Africa to a historic fourth Rugby World Cup title in 2023, becoming only the second captain to win back-to-back titles.

Read also: Here are five influential diaspora Nigerians in business

Lesley Lokko

Lesley Naa Norle Lokko is a Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist. She holds degrees from the Bartlett School of Architecture and the University of London. Lokko has taught in various cities worldwide and founded the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

She’s known for writing on cultural identity and has edited notable architectural publications. As a novelist, she’s authored 12 books, including “Sundowners” and “Saffron Skies,” featuring strong female protagonists. In 2024, she received the Royal Gold Medal from RIBA, a prestigious architectural honor.

Kennedy Odede

Kennedy Odede, a Kenyan social entrepreneur and author, founded Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in 2004, focusing on healthcare, education, and economic empowerment in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. Despite growing up in poverty and becoming a street child, Odede received a scholarship to Wesleyan University and graduated with honors.

He has received numerous awards and recognition for his social entrepreneurship, including being named in Forbes’ “30 under 30” list. Odede co-authored the New York Times bestseller “Find Me Unafraid” and continues to advocate for social change as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and an Obama Foundation Africa Leader.