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In its vision of recognising young achievers across the African continent, Africa Youth Awards has released its 2nd annual list of the 2017 100 Most Influential Young Africans, an initiative which is noted to be the biggest and most respected across the continent with participation from over 140 countries globally.

Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, President of Africa Youth Awards noted the exceptionality of this year’s list which has an unprecedented gender representation of 45 women and 55 men, which he noted as a great move to inspire more young women in Africa and across the world to reach out for their dreams.

The list which was restricted to age limits between, 15 & 36 had a coverage of 28 countries on the continent with Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya leading with 19, 18, 10, 8 representatives respectively.

The list compiled and approved by the awards Jury made up of young Africans from across globe after public nominations were received and reviewed.

Profiles of all the 100 nominees in the list are published on and was organized in partnership Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Global Skills Exchange, WatsUp TV,, All for Development and Ilead Africa with the support of various Media Organisations across the continent.

Below is the full list in alphabetical order

Achaleke Christian Leke
Aigbe Omoregie
Akani Simbine
Albert Kusi
Ali Kiba
Alloysius Attah
Almaz Ayana
Amel Bouchoucha
Ameyaw Debrah
Amr Sobhy
Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily
Asamoah Gyan
Asma Khalifa
Bashir Ahmad
Berla Mundi
Bonang Matheba
Bongani Baloyi
Boniface Mwangi
Bosun Tijani
Cassper Nyovest
Caster Semenya
Catherine Constantinides
Mutoba Ngoma
Cyprian Nyakundi
Damien Mouzoun
Damilola Oluwatoyinbo
Diamond Platnumz
Diana Elizabeth Michael
DJ Arafat
DJ Zinhle
Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
Dr. Kelechi Anyikude
Ekow Mensah
Elijah Amoo Addo
Ellen Chilemba
Eric Kinoti
Flaviana Matata
Francine Muyumba
Frederick Bohasu
Gakii Biriri
Gigi Ibrahim
Gwendolyne Halle
Hlomela Bucwa
Hon. Samaila Suleiman
Ibtissam Tiskat
Ilwad Elman
Ines Boubakri
Itumeleng Khune
Jean Bosco Nzeyimana
Jessica Francisca Cola├žo
Jimi Tewe
Johnson Sakaja
Jokate Mwegelo
Julius Malema
Kansiime Anne
Kelvin Doe
Khoudia Diop
Knight Ganje
Larry Madowo
Lilian Makoi
Ludovic Biyong
Maps Maponyane
Mark Angel
Mercy Johnson Okojie
Mike Chilewe Jnr
Millard Ayo
Mumbi Ndungu
Muna Onuzo-Iyanam
Nana Diaby
Nancy Sibo
Nancy Sumari
Nasty C
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Randy Osae Bediako
Riyad Mahrez
Robtel Neajai Pailey
Sadio Mane
Salimatou Fatty
Samson Itodo
Sandile Shezi
Shatta Wale
Siyanda Mohutsiwa
Sonia Mugabo
Souhila Ben Lachhab
Sylvia Kakyo
Teacher Mpamire
Tebogo Ditshego
Thabo Msibi
Toke Makinwa
Tonye Rex Idaminabo
Toyosi Akerele
Uche Pedro
Victoria Ibiwoye
Yasmin Mahfouz
Yasmine El Baggari

Source: Africa Youth Awards

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