Comedian Eric Omondi and activist Boniface Mwangi have made it to the Fortune Africa Magazine’s Top 50 Most Influential Africans for 2023/2024.

The magazine, which is one of Africa’s leading media consultancy firms, provides in-depth business reportage and analysis cutting across 53 African countries.

Omondi emerged number six on the list, while Mwangi was ranked number 22. Omondi is a popular entertainer and social media influencer, while Mwangi is a social activist and photojournalist.

The ranking is based on the impact, influence, and achievements of the individuals in their respective fields and domains, according to the magazine.

The list was topped by Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu, who made history by becoming the first female president of the country and in East Afriça in March, 2021. She had previously served as the Vice President of Tanzania from 2015 to 2021.

This comes hot on the heels of President Samia Suluhu Hassan winning the Babacar Ndiaye Trophie Grand Prize for Infrastructure from Africa Development Bank in 2022.

In position Two is Ambassador Dr. Edd Branson, the Chairman of the AfriUSA Business Initiative. He is an investor and citizen diplomat, who works towards fostering economic development and diplomatic relations between Africa and the United States.

The third spot goes to Nigeria’s Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank. He has been instrumental in promoting economic growth and development in Africa through various initiatives and programs.

The fourth position is occupied by South Africa’s Wemkele Mene, the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

He plays a key role in advancing the objectives of boosting intra-African trade and economic integration.

The fifth place belongs to Somaliland’s Luul Siciid Jaamac, the Chairperson of Beeyo Maal. She is involved in philanthropic activities and works towards empowering women and promoting their rights in her community.

The rest of the list features prominent personalities from various fields and sectors, such as politics, business, sports, entertainment, arts, culture, and philanthropy.

Some of the names include Wokie Kou Dolo (Liberia), Cuthbert Ncube (Zimbabwe), Malangu Kabedi Mbuyi (Congo), Folorunso Alakija (Nigeria), Muse Bihi Abdi (Somaliland), Dr. Ashatu Kijaji (Tanzania), Patrice Motsepe (South Africa) and Fatou Bensouda (Gambia).

Others are Fatou Fall (Senegal), Gary Nkombo (Zambia), Muhoozi Kainerugaba (Uganda), Eudoxie Mbouguiengue (Gabon), Serge Ibaka (Republic of Congo), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire), Sucex Bright (Nigeria), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Matshela Koko (South Africa), Kemo Bojang (Gambia), Genevieve Nnaji (Nigeria), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria) and Neville Mutsvangwa (Zimbabwe).

The list also featurs Rasha Kelej (Egypt), Amadou Mahtar Ba (Senegal), Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon), Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (Ethiopia), Mohammed Osman Saeed (Somaliland), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Pastor E A Adeboye (Nigeria), musician Ali kiba (Tanzania), Tasha de Vasconcelos (Mozambique), John Kufuor (Ghana), Ndanatsiwa Tagwireyi (Zimbabwe), João Pereira Massano (Angola), Victor Ochen (Uganda), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) and James Alex Michel (Seychelles).

Sbu Leope (South Africa), Aya Chebbi (Tunisia), Ozwald Boateng (Ghana), Tiesiogine Azhago (DR Congo), Awatif Baroud (Chad), Rose Mukankomeje (Rwanda), and Mariam Chabi Talata Zimé Yérima (Benin).

The full list and profiles of the Top 50 Most Influential Africans 2023/2024 can be found on the Africa Fortunate magazine website.

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