The yearly list from The New African magazine underscores Nigeria’s impact in politics, sports, and the creative sector, highlighting the dominance of creative individuals and illustrating the nation’s multifaceted influence.
President Bola Tinubu:
- Acknowledged for political leadership and public service, assuming the presidency in May 2023.
- Recognized in the creative and business sectors, reflecting his impactful contributions to business and innovation.
- Highlighted in the sports category, crowned the 2023 African Player of The Year.
- Acknowledged in the creative and business sectors, securing the Best Global Music Album category at the 63rd Grammys in 2021.
President Bola Tinubu, Aliko Dangote, Victor Osimhen, and Burna Boy have been named among the most influential Africans of 2023, according to the New African magazine’s annual list released on Tuesday.
The list recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions and positive impacts across various fields, reflecting excellence, innovation, leadership, resilience, and vision. With 31 representatives, creatives dominate the ranking, showcasing Nigeria’s influence in the creative sector and business.
Tinubu, alongside Kenyan President William Ruto, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Akinwunmi Adesina, and others, was acknowledged in the politics and public service section. Osimhen and Patrice Motsepe were recognized in the sports category, while Burna Boy, Tems, and Dangote were highlighted in the creative and business sectors.
Tinubu assumed the presidency on May 29, 2023, after winning against major rivals Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. Burna Boy secured the Best Global Music Album category at the 63rd Grammys in 2021, and Osimhen was crowned the 2023 African Player of The Year.
The list reflects the evolving trends and priorities in Africa, addressing new challenges and opportunities in the post-pandemic era. Nigeria’s prominent representation underscores its influence in diverse fields, from politics to sports and the creative industry.