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Diaspora Digital Media Unveils 100 Most Influential Africans of 2023



Annual List Celebrates Diverse Achievements Across Various Fields


In its first edition, Diaspora Digital Media has released its annual compilation of the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2023,” recognizing individuals who have significantly contributed to Africa’s progress and global impact. The list encompasses leaders, innovators, and trailblazers from politics, business, science, academia, environmentalism, creativity, media, and sports.


**Politics and Public Service:**

– Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

– William Ruto

– Ibrahima Cheikh Diong

– Sidi Ould Tah

– Akinwumi Adesina

– Bola Tinubu

– Mamady Doumbouya

– Ousmane Sonko

– Nadia Fettah Alaoui

– Tsitsi Masiyiwa

– Tidjane Thiam



– Mohamed Kande

– Sim Tshabalala

– Karim Beguir

– Didier Acouetey

– Olugbenga Agboola

– Samaila Zubairu

– Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah

– Ralph Mupita

– Ibrahim Sagna

– Simon Tiemtoré

– Jules Ngankam

– Riham ElGizy

– André de Ruyter

– Aliko Dangote

– Ham Serunjogi

– Serge Ekué

– Bahija Jallal

– Coura Sène

– Bernard Koné Dossongui

– Hassanein Hiridjee

– Shola Akinlade

– James Mwangi

– Pascal Agboyibor


**Science and Academia:**

– Anna Adeola Makanju

– Chao Tayiana Maina

– Nemat Talaat Shafik

– Ismahane Elouafi

– Moungi Bawendi

– Timnit Gebru



– James Irungu Mwangi

– Ephraim Mwepya Shitima

– Wanjira Mathai

– Rashid Sumaila

– Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

– Dr Musonda Mumba



– Kaouther Ben Hania

– Danai Gurira

– Ncuti Gatwa

– Black Coffee

– Tyla Laura Seethal

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– Temilade “Tems” Openiyi

– Lesley Lokko

– Mulenga Kapwepwe

– Alice Diop

– Wanuri Kahiu

– Bassem Youssef

– Malenga Mulendema

– Jadesola Osiberu

– Editi Effiong

– Ali Said Alamin Mandhry

– Abel “The Weekend” Tesfaye

– Pretty Yende

– Julie Mehretu

– Pierre Thiam

– Teju Cole

– Thebe Magugu

– David Diop

– Burna Boy

– Serge Attukwei Clottey

– Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

– Aïda Muluneh

– Omoyemi Akerele

– Mariam Issoufou Kamara

– Victor Ekpuk

– DJ Snake

– Gandhi “Maitre Gims” Djuna



– Claude Grunitzky

– Chioma Nnadi

– Edward Enninful

– Alan Kasujja

– Wode Maya

– Anton Harber

– Khabane “Khaby” Lame

– Charity Ekezie

– Moses “Uncle Mo” Kiboneka

– Branko Brkic

– Tomiwa Aladekomo

– Marie Mbullu

– Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

– Daniel Ahaoussa

– Fabrice Sawegnon



– Francis Ngannou

– Faith Kipyegon

– The Springboks, led by captain Siya Kolisi

– Patrice Motsepe

– Kelvin Kiptum

– Victor Osmihen

– Biniam Girmay

– Yassine Bounou


The list reflects Africa’s diversity and the dynamic contributions of its people across various sectors. Each individual on the list has demonstrated excellence, innovation, and leadership, shaping the continent’s narrative on the global stage.

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