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.

100 Most Influential Young Africans...
100 Most Influential Young Africans…
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.

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The list comes with a publication which features Profiles and other details of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans accessible for download on
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
1. Abraham Attah
2. Ahmed Adamu
3. Ahmed Musa
4. Alain Nteff
5. Alek Wek
6. Alengot Oromait
7. Amira Yahyaoui
8. Anas Aremeyaw Anas
9. Anthony Mutua
10. Arthur Zang
11. Ashish Thakkar
12. Ashley Uys
13. Ato Ulzen-Appiah
14. Aya Chebbi
15. Baba Rahman
16. Barkha Mossae
17. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
18. Bitania Lulu Berhanu
19. Blessing Okagbare
20. Bogolo Kenewendo
21. Bright Simmons
22. Byrite Asamoah
23. Chancel Mbemba
24. Chidiogo Akunyili
25. Chimananda Ngozi
26. Christian Ngan
27. Christopher Ategeka
28. Clare Akamanzi
29. Diamond Platnumz
30. Emmanuel Makandiwa
31. Eric Kinoti
32. Eunice Jepkoech Sum
33. Farida Bedwei
34. Franklin Cudjoe
35. Fred Swaniker
36. Habsana Jallow
37. Hadeel Ibrahim
38. Henok Wendirad
39. Heshan De Silva
40. Ik Osakioduwa
41. Issam Chleuh
42. Jama Jack
43. James Mworia
44. Jamila Abass
45. Jim Iyke
46. Johnson Sakaja
47. Julius Malema
48. Kansiime Anne
49. Kelvin Macharia Kuria
50. Kennedy Odede
51. Khaya Dlanga
52. Landry Ndriko Mayigane
53. Landry Signe
54. Lina Ben Mhenni
55. Linda Ikeji
56. Ludwick Marishane
57. Lupita Nyongo
58. Makosi Musambasi
59. Maletsabisa Molapo
60. Mamadou Touré
61. Mark Essien
62. Mfonobong Nsehe
63. Minoush Abdel-Meguid
64. Mmusi Maimane
65. Moustapha Ben Barka
66. Murtala Mohamed Kamara
67. Mustapha Mokass
68. Nadeem Juma
69. Nelson Oduma
70. Nima Elbagir
71. Nkechikwu Nkeiruka Valerie Azinge
72. Ola Orekunrin
73. Omojuwa Japheth
74. Omotola Jalade
75. Patrick Ngowi
76. Peace Hyde
77. Phiona Mutesi
78. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
79. Rapelang Rabana
80. Richard Nyong
81. Riyad Mahrez
82. Rosebill Satha
83. Saadatou Mallam Barmou
84. Sadio Mane
85. Samuel Malinga
86. Sangu Delle
87. Sarkodie
88. Serge Aurier
89. Simbarashe Mhuriro
90. Siyabulela Xuza
91. Sophie Ikenye
92. Suleiman Sani Bello
93. Thato Kgatlhanye
94. Tom Osborn
95. Tonye Rex Idaminabo
96. Trevor Noah
97. Vincent Aboubakar
98. Vusi Thembekwayo
99. Wizkid
100. Zuriel Oduwole

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Africa Youth Awards is Africa’s most prestige award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.


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