Leading African PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has announced its list of 2023 100 Most Influential Young Africans. The list, which is the 8th edition, features young Africans creating and leading positive impact in their various countries and the continent.

With representatives from about 30 countries, the 2023 list features prominent individuals such as Burkina Faso’s President, Ibrahim Traore, and the African Union Youth Envoy, Chido Cleo Mpemba. Ministers of State, climate activists, content creators, musicians, and athletes are all recognized for their achievements.

The list is a powerful testament to the vast pool of talents and leaders across Africa. It includes young people making a difference in various sectors, from government and business to activism, entertainment, and media.

“We are incredibly proud to unveil the 2023 edition of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans,” said Prince Akpah, Founder of Avance Media. “This list showcases the incredible diversity and potential of young Africans who are driving change and shaping the future of our continent. These young leaders inspire us all and serve as role models for the next generation.”

This year’s list includes Ministers of State: Amina Priscille Longoh, Emma Inamutila Theofelus, Rose Pola Pricemou, Yvan Butera (Dr.); Climate Activists: Mohamed Adow, Elizabeth Wathuti, Ineza Umuhoza and Vanessa Nakate & Content Creators such as Wode Maya, Charity Ekezie, Dudu, Le Général Tchoutchoubatchou, Tayo Aina, Uncle Mo and William Last KRM.
Below is Avance Media’s 2023 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged alphabetically.

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Abir Ibrahim || Associate Africa Director, World Economic Forum
Achraf Hakimi || Footballer, PSG
Adebola Williams || Group CEO, RED | For Africa
Adeniyi Adebayo || Chief Business Officer, Yango Africa
Ahmed Kaballo || Founder, Africa Stream
Amina Priscille Longoh || Minister, Chad
Amisa Rashid || Founder, Nivishe Foundation
Anna Ekeledo || CEO, AfriLabs Foundation
Asake || Musician
Asisat Oshoala || Footballer, FC Barcelona
Awa Bousso Drame || Founder, CoastGIS
Ayra Starr || Musician
Benjamin Fernandes || CEO, NALA
Bimbo Ademoye || Actress
Bitania Lulu Berhanu || Programmes Director, AMREF
Black Sherif || Musician
Bogolo Kenewendo || Global Economist
Broda Shaggi || Content Creator
Burna Boy || Musician
Canary Mugume || Journalist
Charity Ekezie || Content Creator
Charlene Ruto || CEO, SMACHs Foundation
Chido Cleo Mpemba || African Union Youth Envoy
Chike || Musician
Christine Mhundwa || Media Personality, DW TV
Chude Jideonwo || Media Personality
Davido || Musician
Debo Adedayo || Content Creator
Déborah Mutund || Media Personality
Dudu || Content Creator
Ebuka Songs || Musician
Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa || CEO, HigherLife Foundation
Elizabeth Wathuti || Climate Activist
Emma Inamutila Theofelus || Minister, Namibia
Francis Zavier Ngannou || Boxer
Ham Serunjogi || CEO , Chipper Cash
Hilda Baci || Chef
Humphrey Nabimanya || CEO, Reach A Hand, Uganda
Ibrahim Traore (H.E.) || President, Burkina Faso
Ineza Umuhoza || Climate Activist
Inna Hengari || Member of the National Assembly, Namibia
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji || CEO, Future Africa
Jamila Mohamed HSC || Journalist
John-Allan Namu || Journalist
Johnson Sakaja || Governor of Nairobi, Kenya
Kennedy Ekezie || CEO, Kippa
Larry Madowo || Journalist, BBC
Lawrence Maleka || Media Personality
Layi Wasabi || Content Creator
Le Général Tchoutchoubatchou || Content Creator
Libianca || Musician
Maimouna Ba || Activist
Mark Masai || Journalist
Mercy Chinwo || Musician
Mohamed Adow || CEO, PowerShift Africa
Mohamed Salah || Footballer, Liverpool
Mohammed Bello El-Rufai || Member of the House of Representatives, Nigeria
Mohammed Kudus || Footballer, West Ham
Moses Bliss || Musician
Mr Eazi || CEO, Empawa Africa
Musa Keys || Musician
Nadia Mukami || Musician
Nancy Isime || Actress
Nozipho Tshabalala || CEO, The Conversation Strategists
Odunayo Eweniyi || Co-Founder, PiggyVest
Olugbenga Agboola || CEO, Flutterwave
Omar Hagrass || CEO, Trella
Raissa Kanku || Community Specialist, World Economic Forum
Rema || Musician
Rose Pola Pricemou, || Minister, Republic of Guinea
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa || Journalist
Sadio Mane || Footballer, Al Nassr
Sam George Nartey || Member of Parliament, Ghana
Samson Itodo || CEO, YIAGA Africa
Sébastien Haller || Footballer, Borussia Dortmund
Shola Akinlade || CEO, Paystack
Somachi Chris-Asoluka || CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation
Stephen Sang || Governor of Nandi County, Kenya
Stonebwoy || Musician
Susan Nakhumicha Wafula || Cabinet Minister for Health, Kenya
Tayo Aina || Content Creator
Tems || Musician
Thembi Kgatlana || Footballer
Theo Baloyi || CEO, Bathu
Tobi Bakre || Actor
Tunde Onakoya || Founder, Chess in Slums Africa
Tusaiwe Munkhondya || Founder, YANA
Tyla || Musician
Uncle Mo || Content Creator
Vanessa Nakate || Climate Activist
Victor Osimhen || Footballer, Napoli
Walter Pacheco || CEO, Bodiva-Bolsa De Dívida E Valores De Angola
Wema Sepetu || Actress
Wezi || Musician
Wildiley Barroca || Consultant
William Last KRM || Content Creator
Wode Maya || Content Creator
Yassine Bounou || Footballer, Al Hilal
Yvan Butera (Dr.) || Minister of Health, Rwanda
Zuchu || Musician

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