Africans that made it on TIME’s world 100 most influential people

Time Magazine just released their 2021 list of World’s 100 Most Influential People. Founded in 1923, Time Magazine has stayed true to being one of the most informative guides to the world’s current affairs. A news authority in business, health, politics and entertainment, Time Magazine’s annual list is something to look forward to.

Their 2021 list includes some notable Africans. These Africans with their respective endeavours are using their influence and mandate to better their communities and the world in general. From art to politics and from leadership to environmental protection, these people are proof of the African’s die-hard spirit.

We are absolutely thrilled to see our brothers and sisters continue to create a positive impact in the world.

Here are the Africans that made it to TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

A woman of substance, a woman of fervour. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is currently the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Nigerian by birth, this woman is an economist, human welfare activist and an environmental protectionist. With over 30 years of experience in Europe, Latin-America, North America, Asia and Africa, it comes as no surprise that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a leader worth her salt.

John Nkengasong

Cameroonian virologist John Nkengasong also made the list. As the Director of Africa’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention during a pandemic, his expertise and experience has been of great aid to the combat of the Covid virus on the continent. He also has a history as an authority in the implementation of HIV therapy in under-resourced areas on the continent.

Angelique Kidjo

Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo is an absolute legend. Her status has already been solidified in the annals of African art and music history. The 4-time Grammy winning musician, actress and activist takes her place among the world’s 100 most influential people. As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angelique Kidjo is remembered mostly for her ground-breaking masterpiece of an album Ayé.

Daniel Kaluuya

Oscar-winning Ugandan-British actor Daniel Kaluuya made TIME’s list. Fresh off the reel in hit British show Skins, Daniel’s roles in Get Out and Marvel’s Black Panther has made him a sought after actor.

Felwine Sarr

Senegalese author Felwine Sarr is renowned for his book Afrotopia. Born in 1972 in the Saloum Islands, Felwine Sarr continues to impact with his philosophy and his art as a musician. We are ecstatic to see him be recognized for his stellar work.

Phyllis Omido

The East African Erin Brokovich they like to call her. Phyllis Omido is a Kenyan social and environmental activist who does not let up. Very vocal and vivacious, Phyllis Omido is a leader in the fight to protect Mother Earth. After a decade of protests and campaigning she won $12 million fighting lead battery poisoners in Omino Uhuru, a slum near Mombasa.

Omar Sy

Born to Senegal and Mauritanian immigrants, French actor Omar Sy makes his debut on the list. Best known for his role in the comedy-drama The Intouchables, Omar Sy’s rise has been meteoric. He is the first black recipient of the César Award for Best Actor and proves just why in the hit Netflix-produced show Lupin.

Sara Menker

Ethiopian entrepreneur Sara Menker glides into the list of World’s 100 Most Influential. As a former Wall Street trader, Sara Menker has taken her insights and abilities into sustainable development in the areas of agriculture and climate. As the CEO of Gro Intelligence, Sara Menker indeed is the global agent of change worth of her place on TIME’s list.

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