Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2019.
In its December 2019 edition, the New African Magazine announced its annual Most Influential Africans for the year.
Akufo-Addo featured in the list which includes Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote for the role he is playing on the continent, especially in the areas of education among others.
His ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will be going to the primaries April next year to elect a presidential candidate. Party chairman Freddie Blay has given the strongest indication that Akufo-Addo will stand again.
The list is broken down into eight categories, of which the Business and Finance section leads with 28 entries, followed by The Arts and Culture, with 18 entries, and Politics and Public Office which has 15 entries.
Overall, Nigerians dominate this year’s list with 27 entries, followed by South Africa and Ghana, both with 9 entries. English speaking countries represented 65% of all entries, while at 42 entries, female representation is down from 50 achieved last year.
Some of the notable names on the list is the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and Alaa Salah, the 22-year-old Sudanese protesters popularly referred to as ‘Lady Liberty’ – the architectural engineering student, who became the face of the people’s revolution in Sudan – that eventually brought down the iron-fisted rule of former leader Omar Al-Bashir.
Two sporting heroes also make this year’s top list, Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of South Africa’s national rugby team, who have crowned world champions in November, and of course Kenyan world record breaker Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon runner.