Most influential personalities of Africa

25 Inspiring People in Africa


Africa is endowed with so much people that excelled in different activities of life. Like other continents, Africa is not an exception in having people that are making the world a better place. Below is the list of people whose services are worthy of emulation in the process of making Africa a viable continent in life circles.

Name-John Dramani Mahama,




He is a very influential person in Ghana. He served as a member of parliament, a Minister of State, a Vice President, a President and a former President of State. Through all these stages he has passed he has amassed followership and has influenced so many people. Mahama became Ghana President after the death of John Attah Mills after the term of his predecessor he contested the 2012 general elections and he was declared winner by the Electoral Commission.

Name-Belayneh Kindie




Belayneh Kindie began his journey to a business boom by starting his company Belayneh Kindie, an Import and Export (BKIE) Company, in 2005 with the startup capital of only 111,000 USD or 3,000,000 ETB. The company rose to become the Ethiopia’s largest exporter of sesame seeds by 2010. Elayneh’s investments include popular Ras Hotel (Adama/Nazreth) and Tsehay Insurance Share Company. Belayneh Kindie is an Ethiopian billionaire and one of Ethiopia’s richest men.

Name-Mohamed Salah





Mohammmed Salah is an international inspiring footballer born in Egypt. The Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah joined Liverpool in 2017 summer and since then he established himself as one of the key players in the Premier League. Salah had an amazing debut season with Liverpool as he led his team to UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid. The Egyptian scored 44 goals during his first season at all competitions, including 32 goals at the league that granted him the Premier League Golden Boot award.


Name-Denis Mukwege

Country-Republic of Congo,




Dr Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned gynecologist; he is a human rights activist and a Peace laureate from east Congo. He has become the world’s leading specialist in the treatment of wartime sexual violence and a global campaigner against the use of rape as a weapon of war. With this inspiring concept Dr Denis is well known for the activities of human rights campaign and peace promotion all over the world.


Name-Sho Madjozi

Country-South Africa




Sho Madjozi is an inspiring person whose real name is Maya Christinah Xichavo, she is a rising super star music in South Africa. Apart from being a musician, she is an actress, a rapper, and also a poet. She sang alongside top world musicians such as Cardi B, The Weekend, Shawn, Mendes, Chris Martin, and Janelle Monee, for her carrier she won many awards.


Name-Millard Ayo


Carrier-Media Personnel

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He was born on 16th January, 1986 in Arusha, Tanzania. Ayo’s background in media started early. He is the most inspiring youth that follow his dream to reality, when he turned 13 years old, he was selected to participate in a children’s show aired by Clouds FM. As of 2005, he started to work for different media outlets. Afrael Ayo is the founder of Ayo TV TZA Company Limited which runs on, a part from owning the online media and blog Millard worked for many media organizations as journalist. In 2017, Millard was named by Africa Youth Awards among the 100 most influential Young Africans.


Name-Charity Ngilu





Ngilu was born in 1952 in Mbooni village, as a female, Ngilu first started politics in 1992 during Kenya’s second-ever multiparty elections where she pulled off a big surprise by capturing the Kitui central constituency seat while running on the Democratic Party ticket. In 1997, she again made history when she vied for the presidency, along with Wangari Maathai becoming the first ever female presidential candidate in Kenya. Charity Ngilu has served as an MP, Minister and a

Governor, she has her own political party which makes her a very strong politician.


Name-Ali Anouzla


Carrier- Journalist


Born in Agadir, Morocco, Ali is a Moroccan journalist, known for his critical articles of King

Mohammed VI ‘s rule. He served as the editor-in-chief of the online media platform Lakome. On 17 September 2013, Ali Anouzla was arrested in a raid against his home in Rabat for writing the truth and advocating for the respect of human rights, most especially on children. Ali has passed many challenges but was later given many opportunities in Morocco.


Name-Mohammed Ibrahim


Carrier-Business Mogul


Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim was born on 3th May, 1946 in Sudan. He worked for several telecommunications companies, before founding Celtel , which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. After selling Celtel in 2005 for $3.4 billion, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations’ performance. He is also a member of the Africa regional advisory board of London Business School.


Name-Josefa Sacko


Carrier- Politician


The Angolan Josefa Sacko was commissioner for Rural and Agricultural Economy of the African Union (AU) The Angolan diplomat had recently been elected part of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate politics 2019 in London by the global network “Apolitical. Josefa worked with the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry, where her actions were turned to food security supervision, eradication of hunger and reduction of poverty. She was also Secretary-General of the Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO). Josefa was an advocate whose works will continue to inspire next generations of women in Africa.


Name-President Muhammadu Buhari


Carrier-Retired General Army Officer/Politician


Muhammadu Buhari was a retired army general who served in different capacities in the Nigerian Army service. His determination, dedication and patriotism in the service elevated him to many positions up to the rank of a General in the service. He is well known for his spirit of nationalism, patriotism and disgust for corruption.


In the line of politics, Muhammadu Buhari is described as an African Icon that people trust. He is the second man in Africa with highest political supporters after Nelson Mandela in Africa. He became the president of Nigeria in 2011 after he defeated the incumbent president of the country.


Name-Allison M. Charette


Carrier- Literature


Allison is a famous writer and translator of literary works. She translates from French into English, for her works, she has received the NEA Fellowship award in literary translation and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, been selected for the Translation Lab residency at Art OMI, and been nominated for the Best of the Net. Her translation of Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo, the first novel to be translated from Madagascar, was published by Restless Books in 2017. She founded the Emerging Literary Translators’ Network in America (, a networking and support group for early-career translators. Her dedications in her work make her an inspiring figure in her country in the field of literature.


Name-Baba Ahmadou Danpullo




Baba Ahmadou is an Africa’s powerful business magnate. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo the richest man in francophone Africa. Paul Trustfull takes lead in African richest business with a fortune worth of estimate at $940m. Danpullo is a silent achiever who has magnate of wealth in Africa.


Name-Emmanuel Adebayor





Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor, known as Emmanuel Adebayor, is a Togolese footballer who has played as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Togo national team. Adebayor previously played for Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008, currently he is Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 27 goals.

Name-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf





Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born on 29th October 1938. She is a Liberian politician and served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. Ellen studied in the United States at Madison Business College and Harvard University. She returned to Liberia to work in William Tolbert’s government as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1971 to 1974. Later she worked again in the West, for the World Bank in the Caribbean and Latin America. In 1979, she received a cabinet appointment as Minister of Finance, serving to 1980 and later joined politics.


Name-Musa Barrow





Musa was born in the year 1998, with the earning of HPI of 44. 83, Musa Barrow is the most famous Gambian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages by Wikipedia. Musa Barrow is a Gambian professional footballer who played as a forward for Serie A club Bologna, on loan from Atlanta, and the Gambia national team.


Name-Mpule Keneilwe Kwelagobe




Mpule is born on 14th of November 1979. She is a Botswana investor, businesswoman, model, and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe in 1999. Mpule was the first black African woman to win one of the Big Four international beauty pageants. Kwelagobe has been recognized as a human health rights activist, especially for her fight against HIV/AIDS and advocacy for youth and women to have greater access to sexual reproductive education and services.


Name-Guto Pires

Country-Guinea- Bissau



Guto Pires is a guitarist, singer and composer from Guinea-Bissau. He moved to Portugal in the late 1970s. Guto played in many bands such as Issabary, Sons da Fala, and Sons da Lusofonia. He performs his own pieces that talk about Africa, specially Guinea-Bissau, as well as popular songs.


Name-Sheilabai Bappoo




Sheilabai Bappoo was born on 16 June 1947 in Beau Bassin, Sheilabai was the minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior Citizens Welfare & Reform Institutions in Mauritius from 2005 to 2010. She also held the ministry of Gender Equality, Child Protection and Family Planning from 1983 to 1995 and from 2010 to 2011. Sheila Bappoo completed her graduation in teaching from Queen Elizabeth College. She was a teacher until 1977. She was a leader of the Mauritian Militant Movement and was General-Secretary of the party until 1975. Bapoo was elected councilor of Beau-Bassin & Rose-Hill where she was appointed as Deputy Mayor in 1977.


Name-Nadia Mladjao





Following the sophisticated footsteps of Carla Bruni, Imany is one of the few supermodels to make the transition from the catwalk to the recording studio appear effortless. Born Nadia Mladjao in 1979 in the Comoros Islands, off the southeast coast of Africa, she grew up in France, where she initially started out as a successful high jumper before being signed by the Ford Models Europe Agency. Her famous debut The Shape of a Broken Heart was released to critical acclaim in 2011.


Name-Professor Idris Bugaje




Professor Idris Bugaje roused from an Assistant Research Fellow (Renewable Energy) to become a Professor in Chemical Engineering in 2006 with over 15 years in Management positions in the last 35 years, having served as CEO three times in Research Institute and Polytechnic Sectors, besides holding Deanship of Engineering in two Universities and Headship of Chemical Engineering Departments twice. Professor Bugaje worked in many organizations as a problem solver and a team player for better administrative services in Nigerian and beyond. Professor Idris is a technocrat and a free corrupted civil servant whose passion is to eradicate corruption in every place he works.


Name-Sidibé Aminata Diallo


Carrier-Academician and Politician



Diallo gained her doctorate in development and urban studies from the University of Toulouse in 1984. She is a member of the faculty of Economic Sciences and Management at the University of Bamako, where she specializes in land management. On 12 March 2007, Diallo declared her candidacy for the position of Presidency, she was appointed as Minister of Basic Education, Literacy, and the National Languages on 3 October 2007. Diallo is one of the leading women in Mali that set the progressive path to politics for women.


Name-Halima Ahmed





Ahmed was born in Somalia after her post- secondary education; she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland. Halima began her career with the Youth Rehabilitation Center in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. She later joined politics and activism and became a prospective candidate in the new Federal Parliament of Somalia, which was inaugurated in August 2012.


Name-Salifou Fatimata Bazeye

Country- Niger Republic

Carrier-Legal Practitioner



Salifou Fatimata Bazèye, also known as Fatoumata Bazèye is a Nigerien jurist; she served as a magistrate, head of the Supreme Court of Niger from 2007 to 2009 President of the Constitutional Court of Niger. Her court’s rulings on the constitutional revisions planned by then President of Niger Mamadou Tandja, led to her extra-constitutional dismissal and a heightening of the 2009-2010 Nigerien constitutional crisis. Fatimata inspired Niger women to pursue western education and attend schools.


Name -Kumi Naidoo

Country-South Africa



Kumi was a youth activist in South African apartheid and the first African head of Greenpeace. He is appointed as secretary general of Amnesty International in August 2018. By making clear the link between environmental crimes and human rights abuses, Naidoo heralds a new era for Amnesty, widening its focus from political prisoners to indigenous peoples and everyone in between.

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