Nigerian businesswoman, Folorunsho Alakija; businessman Femi Otedola; businesswoman Ibukun Awosika; televangelist, Paul Enenche and Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Mohammed Bulama, are amongst the Nigerian personalities listed on Reputation Poll International (RPI) 100 most Reputable Africans for the 2024 year.
Culture Activist and Journalist, Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo, was also mentioned alongside a host of individuals from diverse sectors including governance, human rights, education, entertainment, and business featured on the 2024 global reputation list.
Some other Nigerians featured on the list are Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Dr. Armstrong Ume Takakang of the Ministry of Finance; Catherine Uju Ifejika; Gabriel Aduda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources; Dr. Jumoke Oduwole; Nuhu Ribadu; Modupe Adefeso-Olateju and Mohammed Bulama of the FRCN.
Others from the African continent include: Pretoria University’s Prof. Daniël Christiaan de Wet Swanepoel to Microbiologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum from Congo Democratic Republic; Prof. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia and Prof. Mohamed Hag Ali Hassan from Sudan, impact, visibility, and integrity make up the selection criteria for this year’s edition.
For the Governance and Policy category, among the shortlisted are Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of Tanzania; Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia; and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia.
Some of those who made the most reputable in the Business category include Nigerian business mogul and founder of Zenon ppetroleum and as Ltd, Femi Otedola; Kenneth Sharpe, CEO of West Prop Holdings and South Africa’s Vusi Thembekwayo, CEO of MyGrowthFund Venture Partners.
For the Human Rights Advocacy category, some of the recognized individuals are Leymah Roberta Gbowee from Liberia and Isatou Ceesay from the Gambia.
In the Leadership category: Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia, Tom Alweendo; the First Governor of BON; Nigeria’s Paul Enenche, and the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, South Africa, Ronald Lamola, are featured.
In addition to the individuals honoured for their diverse accomplishments on the “100 Most Reputable Africans” list, there are others acclaimed for their contributions to social impact and social entrepreneurship, facilitating the transformation of African businesses and improving lives without stirring up controversy.
According to the RPI, the goal of the 100 Most Reputable Africans list is to honour and celebrate the accomplishments of those who are positively influencing both Africa and the rest of the globe.
Others on the list include Angelique Kidjo of the Republic du Benin, Alek Wek of Sudan, Constance Connie Ferguson of South Africa, Cynthia Davies CBE, Queen Masenate Mohato Seeisoo of Lesotho, Khairy Beshara of Egypt, aLadisias Prosper Agbesi of Benin Republic, Mahmood Mamdani of Uganda and Mensa Otabil of Ghana.
Others include Mike Jocktane of Gabon, Mo Ibrahim of Sudan, Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires of Cape Verde, Polycarp Pengo of Tanzania, Rachid Yazami of Morocco, Rediet Abebe of Ethiopia, Roberta Annan of Ghana, Ronald Lamola of South Africa, Sherrie Silver of Rwanda, Siya Kolisi of South Africa and Rajae Ghanimi of Morocco.