Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s biggest honour for young achievers with annual participation from over 140 countries has announced its inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
The list which has representation from 27 African countries has a gender equity of 62 men and 38 women with the youngest being 14, considering the age limit of 40.
Selecting 10 of the most influential across 10 distinct categories, the number 100 represents the force of young people who are creating change and making sure it translates into making the lives of other people better.
The list which was compiled in consultation with a jury made up of young Africans based across the globe after weeks of public nomination represents hope for the continent and exhibits the potentials Africa has to become a global phenomenon.
On social media 87% of these young Africans are on Facebook with a combined following of 18,317,458 whiles 86% have 16,203,116 followers on twitter. (Data compiled on 15th July, 2016).
Prince Akpah, President of the organisation, reiterated the need for the continent to be inspired by its own success stories and hope the list will provide a great reference of motivation for most young people to take a step in creating a great future for themselves and Africa.
Partners for the ranking included Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Global Skills Exchange, Project Know Thy Self International, ACME Consult, Afro Lynk, with the support of various Media Organisations across the continent.
Arranged in Alphabetical Order, below are the 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
Bitania Lulu Berhanu
Eunice Jepkoech Sum
Heshan De Silva
Kelvin Macharia Kuria
Landry Ndriko Mayigane
Lina Ben Mhenni
Moustapha Ben Barka
Murtala Mohamed Kamara
Nkechikwu Nkeiruka Valerie Azinge
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Saadatou Mallam Barmou
Suleiman Sani Bello
Tonye Rex Idaminabo
Africa Youth Awards is Africa’s most prestigious award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.