Africa has, in recent times, become one of the continents to reckon with in all aspects or fields of human endeavors.
On the lead, it is definitely Nigeria, who has produced different talents representing it well in diaspora and in the country.
According to theafricareport.com, there is a created list of top 100 influential Africans of which my focus in this article is just 10.
The 10 most influential Africans list cut across Nigeria, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia.
Please permit me to make the list exhaustive and detailing what each of these ten Africans did and how they have made impact in their own way. There is a particular order of influence. Of course, you came here to read about the position of Davido in the list. What I say now is, stay tuned and relaxed. We are almost there!
And this is the list of 10 influential Africans according to their order of influence:
1. Aliko Dangote
Yes, he has maintained that record of being the richest man in Africa for quite some years now. Though the global economic trends has affected him one way or the other, his wealth still remains stable.
Dangote is reputable for diversity. He is into many things. The latest of which is an ambitious $10.5 billion oil refinery, which after completion, will be Africa’s largest. Now that is truly amazing.
2. Elon Musk
South Africa is the origin of this renown man. He made his name in software at first, before going into many other things he is known for today.
I am very sure many of you may think he is an American. No he is not. He is actually a migrant.
With his ideas, he is giving the world something to think about. If you know Tesla motors, or if you are aware of SpaceX, then they are all pointing to one man, Elon Musk. He is a man of impact no doubt.
3. Koo’s Bekker
Also from South Africa too and known to have a rapidly growing shares in a company. He could have been paid salary in the company, but he instead chose stock options. The wisdom made him have leverage at Naspers. Now Naspers owns 31% of Tencent, a Chinese company.
4. Chimamanda Adichie
A Nigerian. Some of you may be surprised she is on the list at number 4, but I tell you, she worked for it.
She has engaged audiences with her impressive writings which borders on many topics as racism, sexism and even the human condition. If you know the book, “Purple Hibiscus”, then you can be familiar with what I am saying here.
5. Mic Wrecker
This man is also from South Africa. He never stop challenging the views of the world, especially as can be seen when critiquing the presidency of Donald Trump. He was in a way, responsible for teaching some Americans that Africa is not a country.
6. Tidjane Thiam
You can call this individual the master strategist. These Ivorian CEO was responsible for the turnaround of Credit Suisse, this he started from 2016.
This is the one you have been waiting for.
If it is riches, he has it. He was born to a rich family and has leveraged on that so well to make his impact in the world of music and to some extent, politics.
In 2019 election, he used his influence for the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Davido extend his influence beyond Africa by selling out O2 Arena in London, with many people pushing to see him perform on stage. It is only a man of influence that can do that.
8. Enoch Adeboye
A Nigerian pastor. He is known to be the leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Aside that, he is also seen by many as the spiritual father of Nigeria’s Vice president, the person of VP Yemi Osinbanjo.
9. Kumi Naidoo
You can call him a crime fighter. Naidoo has many interesting profiles. One of which is his activity in the Apartheid that took place in South Africa.
Whether you know or not, Naidoo is a symbol of the new amnesty era.
10. Abiy Ahmed
Last but not the least. He became a prime minister in 2018. He is an Ethiopian. He occupied the office after the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn. Within a space of 11 months, Eritrea and Ethiopia has made peace. Only a man of influence can do that.
Okay, okay. That is it. I hope you enjoyed the piece. Stay tuned as I write more interesting articles for your reading pleasures subsequently.