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LIST of Presidents, technocrats, activists etc.: 100 Most Reputable Africans for 2023



Collage of some of the listed honorees

Reputation Poll International (RPI), a leading global reputation firm, has released the 2023 list of 100

Most Reputable Africans. The list features individuals from diverse sectors including; Governance/Leadership, Entertainment, Human rights/Advocacy, Education, and Business. The selection criteria are Integrity, Visibility, and Impact.

Very prominent personalities featured on the list include Kenya’s Amina Chawahir Mohamed, South Africa’s Bonang Mohale, Chancellor at the University of the Free State and Professor at Johannesburg Business School; and Cameroon’s Njoya Tiku, Manager of the UNDP Regional Office in West and Central Africa.

On Governance and Policy: The President of Kenya, His Excellency William K. Ruto, the President of Malawi, His Excellency Lazarus Chakwera and Senator Chantal Moussokoura Fanny of Ivory Coast, amongst others.

On Business: Egypt’s Naguib Onsi Sawiris, Chairman of Weather Investment company, Ghana’s Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, and Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital in South Africa and Nigeria’s Dr. Dauda Lawal, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Credent Capital and Advisory Ltd.

Human Rights Advocacy: Martha K. Koome, Chief Justice of Kenya, and Nigeria’s Aisha Yesufu are featured.

On Leadership: Ethiopia’s President, Sahle Work-Zedwe, Nigeria’s Dr. Paul Enenche MD, and Ghana’s Afua Kyei (the Chief Financial Officer at Bank of England, where she leads the Finance Directorate) are featured and Bolaji Akinremi (Amb.) || Director of Economy Trade & Investment , Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In addition to the individuals recognised on Reputation Poll International’s “100 Most Reputable Africans” list for their various achievements, there are also those who are celebrated for their contributions to social impact and social entrepreneurship, helping to transform businesses in Africa and positively impacting lives without causing controversy.

During the announcement of the list, Ms. Beldina Auma, the Co-Chairperson of the Review and Audit Committee, as well as the Chair Emeritus of the World Bank Group-IMF African Society, President of SCIP-International, said the organisation is dedicated to recognizing people, groups, and businesses who continually improve lives in Africa and around the world.

Below is the list of the 100 Most Reputable people in Africa in alphabetical order;

Abdulrazak Gurnah FRSL || British Author and Professor

Afua Kyei || Chief Financial Officer at Bank of England

Agnes Matilda Kalibab || President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Aisha Yesufu || Human Rights Advocate

Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E) || Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril || Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Arunma Oteh || Economist and Financial Manager

Basita Michael (Esq) || President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association

Bibata Ganemtore Nabaloum || Head of Association for Promotion of Women and Children (APEE)

Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib || Fellow of the African Academy Of Sciences

Birama Sidibé || Former Vice President Of the Islamic Bank of Development

Bolaji Akinremi (Amb.) || Director of Economy Trade & Investment , Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Carol Bouwer || CEO, Carol Bouwer Productions

Carolyn Steyn || Founder, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

Chantal Moussokoura Fanny (Sen.) || Senator for Folon District

Clare Akamanzi || CEO, Rwanda Development Board (RDB)

Conrad Mbewe (Pastor) || Author and Pastor at Kabwata Baptist Church

Cosmas Maduka || Founder and Chairman of the Coscharis Group

Coumba D. Sow || Representative at UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Dag Heward-Mills (Bishop) || Founder and Bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International

Danai Jekesai Guirira ||Actress

Dauda Lawal (Dr.) || Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Credent Capital and Advisory Ltd

David Olaniyi Oyedepo (Bishop) || Founder and General Overseer at Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCW)

Denis Mukwege || Founder and Head of the Panzi Hospital

Edi Mūe Gathegi || Actor

Edward Kobina Enninful OBE || Editor in Chief, British Vogue

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E) || Former President of Liberia

Enoch Adeboye (Pastor) || General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)

Eric Yirenkyi Danquah || Founding Director, The West Africa Centre for crop Improvement (WACCI)

Fatoumatta Njai || Representative of ECOWAS

Fitsum Assefa Adela || Leader, FDRE Minister of Planning and Development

Goodluck Ebele Azikwe Jonathan (H.E GCFR, GCON) || Former President of Nigeria

Helena Ndume (Dr.) || Head of Opthalmology, Windheok Central Hospital

Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang || Chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa

Jennifer Douglas (Dr.) || Founder and President, Gede Foundation

Jonathan Fonati Koffa || Deputy Speaker Liberia

Joaquim Alberto Chissano || Former President of Mozambique

Joseph-Achille Mbembe || Author, Philosopher, and Lecturer

Joyce Msuya || Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN

Judy Dlamini || Chancellor at the University of Witwatersand

Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (Alhaji, Dr.) || Former Director-General of UNIDO

Kanya King, CBE || CEO, Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards

Ken Kwaku || Honorary Consular of Ghana to Tanzania

Kofi Tutu Agyare || Managing Partner at Nubuke Investments

Lazarus Chakwera (H.E) || President of Malawi

Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi || 36th Kgosi (king) of the royal Bafokeng Nation

Leymah Gbowee || Peace Activist

Leïla Slimani || Author and Journalist

Lia Tadesse || Minister of Health in Ethiopia

Lindiwe Mazibuko || Executive Director of Apolitical Academy

Lucy Quist || MD, Morgan Stanley Ghana

Lydia Heather Mudhari || Honorary Consul for Zimbabwe in Scotland

Marieme Jamme || Philanthropist and Businesswoman

Maritza Peña Rosabal || Former Minister of Education in Cape Verde

Martha Karau (Hon.) || Leader of the NARC Kenya political party

Martha K. Koome (Hon. Chief Justice EGH) ||Chief Justice of Kenya

Martin Kimani || Kenyan Diplomat

Mike Jocktan || Founder, Christ Revealed to Nations & Presidential Candidate, Gabon Nouveau.

Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng || Former Chief Justice of South Africa

Mohamed Moustapha Malick Fall || Regional Director at UNICEF for Eastern and Southern Africa

Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei || Egyptian Lawyer and Diplomat

Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim || Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Monica Geingos || First Lady of Namibia

Monique Ilboudo || Author and Human Rights Advocate

Mthuli Ncube || Former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe

Naguib Onsi Sawiris || CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding

Nelson Makamo || Visual Artist

N’Gunu Tiny || Founder and CEO, The Emerald Group

Nicholas F. Oppenheimer || Businessman

Nj Ajuk || Author, Founder, and CEO of Centurion Law Group

Njoya Tiku || Manager of the UNDP Regional Office in West and Central Africa

Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita || CEO of Dutch Mining Group

Ogiame Atuwatse III || 21st Olu of Warri

Olaniyi Olatunji Nelson || International Development Professional

Patrick Ngugi Njoroge || Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya

Paul Enenche (Dr., Pastor) || Senior Pastor, The Dunamis International Gospel Centre

Phuthi Mahanyelle || CEO of Naspers

Ronald Ozzy Lamola || Minister of Justice and Correctional Services in South Africa

Rosalia Martins-Hausiku || CEO Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund of Namibia

Sadia Haji Samatar || Lead of the Parliament in Somalia

Sahle-Work Zewde || President of Ethiopia

Samuel Esson Jonah || Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana

Sheila Dinotshe Tlou || Nurse and Nursing Educator

Soha Ali || Senior Counrty Representative of J.P Morgan Chase Bank for the Egypt Office

Tembeka Nicholas Ngcukaitobi || Author, Lawyer, and Political Activist

Thebe Ikalafeng || Founder and CEO of Brand Leadership Group

Theresa Ayaode || Executive Director of Multiple Concepts Groups

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande || The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

Tuma Adama Gento- Kamara || Chairperson of the National Revenue Authority (NRA)

Victoire Sidémého Dzidudu Dogbé Tomegah || Prime Minister of Togo

Victor Ochen || Founder and Executive Director of African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)

Wally Adeyemo || Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg || Executive Director at Rise, a project by Schmidt

WF Kumuyi (Pastor) || General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM)

Wided Bouchamaoui || Leader of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade, and Handicrafts

Wilfried Mbappé || Football Coach and Agent

William K. Ruto || President of Kenya

Winnie Byanyima || Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UNAIDS

Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo || Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia

Zeinab Badawi || British Journalist and Television Presenter.



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