20 africans to in­spire you

This list, com­piled by then­erveafrica.com, picks in­di­vid­u­als and groups from the con­ti­nent who demon­strate that 2016 might be the year of africa ris­ing

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Pa­trick Njoroge

When Kenya’s pres­i­dent ap­pointed Njoroge as cen­tral bank gov­er­nor, he was rel­a­tively un­known. Njoroge has a PhD in eco­nomics and years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund. He has brought in­fla­tion un­der con­trol and helped sta­bilise the shilling, and banks in Kenya know they must obey the law

Mo Abudu

Of­ten called Africa’s an­swer to Oprah, Abudu is one of the most pow­er­ful women in African me­dia, and one of the 25 most pow­er­ful women in global TV. The Nige­rian me­dia en­tre­pre­neur and self-taught TV host is the CEO of EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black en­ter­tain­ment and life­style net­work

ak­in­wumi Adesina

Born to a farmer in south­west­ern Nige­ria, agri­cul­ture is ev­ery­thing to Adesina. He rose to promi­nence with his work as Nige­ria’s min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture. He sani­tised the sec­tor and made things work, and his suc­cess led to his ap­point­ment as the first Nige­rian pres­i­dent of the African De­vel­op­ment Bank

adii Pien­aar

South African Pien­aar and his part­ners Mark For­rester and Magnus Jep­son saw the need for slick, pro­fes­sion­ally de­signed Word­Press themes with ad­vanced func­tion­al­ity af­ter Word­Press launched in 2008 with lim­ited themes. Their hard work paid off and their com­pany, WooThemes, hit the big time. Pien­aar has a new start-up called Re­ceipt­ful

Nkosazana Dlaminizuma

Dlamini-Zuma oc­cu­pies the top of­fice at the African Union Com­mis­sion, the first woman to do so. Hav­ing risen through the ranks in the ANC, she has be­come an in­spi­ra­tion to South African women and has been speak­ing up for women in Africa. She de­clared 2015 the year of fe­male em­pow­er­ment

Clarisse Irib­a­g­iza

Irib­a­g­iza is the CEO of HeHe Lim­ited, a lead­ing mo­bile-tech­nolo­gies com­pany she co-founded in 2010. At 27, the com­puter en­gi­neer is driv­ing Rwanda’s tech in­dus­try. Over the past five years, Irib­a­g­iza has been work­ing with other young peo­ple to build mo­bile in­for­ma­tion sys­tems and in­vest in re­search in mo­bile tech­nolo­gies for Africa

Chris Kirubi

Smart and op­por­tunis­tic, Kirubi is one of the great­est in­spi­ra­tions for Kenyans who want to go into busi­ness. He rose to promi­nence in the 1970s when there was a cof­fee boom. While he is Kenya’s sec­ond-rich­est man, it is not his wealth that makes him in­spi­ra­tional, but his in­vest­ment acu­men

Njeri Rionge

The Kenyan se­rial en­tre­pre­neur is the CEO and founder of Ig­nite Con­sult­ing and In­vest­ment, and the di­rec­tor and co-founder of Wananchi On­line, an af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble in­ter­net ser­vice provider. Rionge wants to see Africa de­vel­op­ing into the next big eco­nomic mir­a­cle and she is com­mit­ted to do­ing her part

Tonjé Dakang

The Cameroo­nian en­tre­pre­neur did well in 2015. The sub­scrip­tion video-on­de­mand com­pany he co-founded in 2013, Afrostream, had a lot of break­throughs in the year af­ter launch­ing. Two years of hard work fi­nally paid off with an in­vest­ment from French telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant Or­ange. Bakang also signed a deal with BET France

Di­likiss Ade­biyi-Abi­ola

What started as an as­sign­ment has evolved to be­come We­cy­clers, a so­cial en­ter­prise that works with low-in­come house­holds us­ing an in­cen­tive-based model to tackle wide­spread waste prob­lems in La­gos, Nige­ria’s most pop­u­lous city. Ade­biyi-Abi­ola started We­cy­clers in 2012 and it has not fin­ished a year with­out an award since 2013

Al­maz Ayana

The long-dis­tance run­ner showed the world her bril­liance in the 2013 Moscow world cham­pi­onships and her win­ning time at the Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Shang­hai, in May, is the third fastest on record. In Au­gust, she won the World Cham­pi­onship 5 000m with a time of 14:26.83, beat­ing world record holder and fel­low Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba

Ibukun Awosika

Awosika made history by be­com­ing the first woman to be ap­pointed chair­per­son of one of Africa’s largest lenders, First Bank of Nige­ria. She was nonex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor be­fore her ap­point­ment in Septem­ber. She started pur­su­ing her goals at a young age and her rise to promi­nence in busi­ness is in­spir­ing to African women

Uzod­inma Iweala

The book Nige­rian-Amer­i­can Iweala wrote at the age of 21, Beasts of No Na­tion, was re­cently adapted into Net­flix’s first orig­i­nal fea­ture film. It pre­miered on the US on-de­mand in­ter­net stream­ing provider’s net­work on Oc­to­ber 16 and has been screened at ma­jor in­ter­na­tional movie fes­ti­vals and nom­i­nated for sev­eral awards

Namwali Ser­pell

Ser­pell, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, was the first Zam­bian au­thor to win the Caine Prize for African fic­tion in English. Af­ter Ser­pell’s his­toric vic­tory this year, ob­servers were sur­prised by her de­ci­sion to share the prize money equally with the four other short-listed writ­ers

Tid­jane Thiam

When Thiam was ap­pointed CEO of Bri­tish life in­sur­ance and fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany Pru­den­tial in 2009, he be­came the first black per­son to lead a FTSE 100 com­pany. In June, the Ivo­rian be­came the CEO of Switzer­land-based fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany Credit Suisse. When news of his ap­point­ment spread, the bank’s shares soared

Tu­nisian Na­tional Di­a­logue Quar­tet

For its con­tri­bu­tion to the build­ing of a democ­racy in Tu­nisia af­ter the Jas­mine Revo­lu­tion in 2011, the quar­tet – made up of the Hu­man Rights League, the Gen­eral Labour Union, the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dus­try, Trade and Hand­i­crafts, and the Tu­nisian Or­der of Lawyers – was awarded the 2015 No­bel peace prize

Trevor Noah

Noah is fast be­com­ing one of Africa’s best ex­ports thanks to his ex­ploits as the host of US news satire TV pro­gramme The Daily Show. He took over from the leg­endary Jon Ste­wart in Septem­ber. His ob­ser­va­tions about race and eth­nic­ity are lead­ing themes in his com­edy, win­ning him sev­eral ac­co­lades

Sa­muel Malinga

Young, cre­ative and pas­sion­ate about his com­mu­nity, Uganda’s Malinga is the ar­che­typ­i­cal African in­no­va­tor. He grew up in the poor Kumi Dis­trict and in the Naguru slums in Kam­pala, where he was faced with the prob­lem of poor san­i­ta­tion, and so in­vented low-cost sewage so­lu­tions. To­day, he is one of the most revered young trail­blaz­ers in Africa

Monica Mu­sonda

When Mu­sonda left the Dan­gote Group in 2012, she faced an un­cer­tain fu­ture in her new com­pany, Java Foods, es­tab­lished to pro­vide af­ford­able nu­tri­tion to the southern African mar­ket. To­day, the rapid growth of the food com­pany proves her sense of de­ter­mi­na­tion. The en­tre­pre­neur’s noo­dles are now Zam­bia’s big­gest-sell­ing brand

Chude Jideonwo and De­bola Wil­liams

To most Nige­rian youths, Jideonwo and Wil­liams are de­scribed as the Moses of the 21st cen­tury – lead­ing fel­low youths out of a bleak so­ciopo­lit­i­cal and en­tre­pre­neur­ial past. They started the Fu­ture Africa Awards – now in its 10th year – an event that has seen the spot­light thrown on young achiev­ers through­out Africa

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