JOHANNESBURG, Fourteen South Africans, including former finance minister Pravin Gordhan who was dismissed by President Jacob Zuma in March this year, have been named in the list of 100 Most Influential Africans in 2017.
Others include comedian Trevor Noah, the host of the Daily Show on United States cable and satellite television network Comedy Central, and athlete Wayde van Niekerk, the 400 metres world record holder and world and Olympic champion over the distance.
The list, compiled by the New African Magazine, recognizes people who are making a difference in various categories, including politics, public service, education, science, sports and media.
With 21 names, Nigeria tops the just-released 2017 list, closely followed by South Africa with 14.
Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo made the list for serving as a safe pair of hands during President Buhari’s absence for the most part of 2017 while he was receiving medical attention in London.
The hijab-wearing top Somali model, Halima Aden, is also listed. South Africans mentioned include designer Porky Hefer, sporting heroes Caster Semenya and Kagiso Rabada, Mail and Guardian newspaper editor Khadija Patel and Elon Musk, the founder of Paypal.
The publishers say many of those mentioned have shattered glass-ceilings or stigma with great bravery and sacrifice while others wield economic power that impacts world markets.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK