Just in: List Of 100 Most Powerful People In African In 2019, Davido Tops Wizkid

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The Africa Report’s inaugural ranking of the top Africans who control the levers of power across politics, business and the arts: from billionaire barons to unpredictable peacemakers and soft-power superstars.

Here are the top 100 :

1 – Aliko Dangote (Nigeria) – Money talks

2 – Elon Musk (South Africa) – Rocket man

3 – Koos Bekker (South Africa) – Go-getter in Asia

4 – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) – The sun keeps rising

5 – Trevor Noah (South Africa) – Mic wrecker

6 – Tidjane Thiam ( Côte d’Ivoire) – Master strategist

7 – Davido (Nigeria) – Naija pop idol

8 – Enoch Adeboye (Nigeria) – Sacred networker

9 – Kumi Naidoo South Africa) – Crime fighter

10 – Abiy Ahmed (Ethiopia) – Change agent

11 – Mark Bristow (South Africa) Golden boy

12 – Strive Masiyiwa (Zimbabwe) The connector

13 – Adebayo Ogunlesi (Nigeria) Plane enthusiast

14 – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Egypt) Sitting pretty

15 – Naguib Sawiris (Egypt) Opinionated investor

16 – Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) Mountain climber

17 – Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji (Nigeria) ‘E’ for excellence

18 – Wizkid (Nigeria) Starboy

19 – Denis Mukwege (DRC) Nobel cause

20 – Winnie Byanyima (Uganda) Rising to a challenge

21 – Mo Ibrahim (Sudan) Truth teller

22 – Mike Adenuga (Nigeria) Alliance builder

23 – Muhoho Kenyatta (Kenya) Family business

24 – Idris Elba (Ghana/Sierra Leone) Storyteller

25 – Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Ghana) Truth teller

26 – James Mwangi (Kenya) Sharp-eyed

27 – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria) World Banker

28 – Patrice Motsepe (South Africa) Mining money

29 – Mohamed Salah (Egypt) Knight in white

30 – Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) A-grade fixer

31 – Tewolde GebreMariam (Ethiopia) High flyer

32 – Maria Ramos (South Africa) Finance supreme

33 – Tope Lawani (Nigeria) Private eye

34 – Nicky Oppenheimer (South Africa) Still at the table

35 – Mitchell Elegbe (Nigeria) Fintech frontiersman

36 – David Adjaye (Ghana) Raising the roof

37 – Acha Leke (Cameroon) Consulted

38 – Mohamed El Kettani (Morocco) Expedition leader

39 – Aziz Akhannouch (Morocco) Fishing for business

40 – Herbert Wigwe (Nigeria) Minnow-cum-whale

41 – Sim Tshabalala (South Africa) Class topper

42 – Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya/US) Screen idol

43 – Onyeka Akumah (Nigeria) Seed capital

44 – Ory Okolloh (Kenya) Impact investor

45 – Tayo Oviosu (Nigeria) Bill payer

46 – Mohamed Aly El-Erian (Egypt) Word to the wise

47 – Kamel Daoud (Algeria) Acid pen

48 – Kola Masha (Nigeria) King of yield

49 – Akinwumi Adesina (Nigeria) Green gold

50 – Danai Gurira (Zimbabwe/US) Cutting edge

51 – Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya) Voice master

52 – Sauti Sol (Kenya) Groove riders

53 – Shamila Batohi (South Africa) Jail filler

54 – Mona Eltahawy (Egypt) Sword and shield

55 – Jim Ovia (Nigeria) Money magnet

56 – Pravin Gordhan (South Africa) Bomb proof

57 – T.B. Joshua (Nigeria) Prophesy and power

58 – Albert Yuma (DRC) Diamond geezer

59 – Moussa Faki Mahamat (Chad) Top diplomat

60 – Julius Malema (South Africa) Agent of change

61 – Kwame Anthony Appiah (Ghana/US) Contemporary questioner

62 – Achille Mbembe (Cameroon) Public intellectual

63 – Edward Enninful (Ghana) Voguing!

64 – Vera Songwe (Cameroon) Adding it up

65 – Louise Mushikiwabo (Rwanda) Diplomat extraordinaire

66 – James Mworia (Kenya) Meteoric rise

67 – Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria/Malaysia) Poetry in emotion

68 – Mohammed Dewji (Tanzania) Youthful gains

69 – Tony Elumelu (Nigeria) Engaging entrepreneur

70 – Tony Attah (Nigeria) Riding on

71 – Fatou Bensouda (Gambia) Prosecutor under pressure

72 – Moustapha Cissé (Senegal) Natural and artificial intelligence

73 – Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana) Going places

74 – Nunu Ntshingila (South Africa) Connecting the continent

75 – Khalifa Haftar (Libya) Stubborn strongman

76 – Ken Njoroge (Kenya) On the fintech frontier
77 – Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya) Concerned creator

78 – Amina J Mohammed (Nigeria) Goal-oriented

79 – Mostafa Terrab (Morocco) Renaissance man of phosphates

80 – Mahmood Mamdani (Uganda) Provocative scholar

81 – Genevieve Nnaji (Nigeria) Ace actress

82 – João Lourenço (Angola) In with the new…

83 – Abdulsamad Rabiu (Nigeria) Cementing progress

84 – Ilhan Omar (Somalia/US) Representative of a new generation

85 – Carlos Lopes (Guinea-Bissau) Pushing policy makers

86 – Simon Njami (Cameroon) Critical curator

87 – Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu (Ghana) Star gazer

88 – Mamadou Biteye (Senegal) Digital donor

89 – Oluseun Onigbinde (Nigeria) Transparent ambition

90 – Issad Rebrab (Algeria) Business baron

91 – Moulay Hafid Elalamy (Morocco) Industrious planner

92 – Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Uganda) Power to the people!

93 – Caster Semenya (South Africa) Pushing forward on and off the track

94 – David Adomakoh (Ghana) Black gold

95 – Clare Akamanzi (Rwanda) Building brand

96 – Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia) Soft spoken soft power

97 – Njideka Akunyili (Nigeria/US) Crosby Million-dollar marvel

98 – Bola Tinubu (Nigeria) Lagos legend

99 – Carlos Saturnino (Angola) Crude prospects

100 – Bridgette Radebe (South Africa) Mining might

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