South Africa’s Caster Semenya and Sho Madjozi have been listed alongside nine young Kenyans, who have been named among the 2019 100 most influential young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards.
The list, which annually recognises the works of young Africans who have impacted lives across the continent, features young people from 32 African countries, organizers disclosed in a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.
Among the Kenyans include Peter Tabichi, who is the winner of the one-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize 2019, Governor, Stephen Sang; media personality, Adelle Onyango; Amref Communications manager, Elizabeth Ntonjira and athlete, Beatrice Chepkoech.
Others include community-based organization founder, Natalie Robi; Journalist, Larry Madowo and Founder of Green Generation Initiative, Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti.
In its fourth year, the list has previously helped to celebrate and throw the spotlight on the remarkable achievements and contributions of young people towards the development of the African continent and also serving as a motivation to millions of young people across the globe.
Sharing insights on the publication, Prince Akpah, founding president of Africa Youth Awards, mentioned that this year’s list features a record of 52 females and 48 males from 32 countries and “is an attestation of the works put forth by young people who are passionate about changing the narrative of the African continent.”
Notable among the 2019 honourees are musicians, Burna Boy and Davido; African Union Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi; Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Fatima Maada Bio; Global Teacher Prize Winner, Peter Tabichi; African Fashion Fund founder, Roberta Annan; Governor of Nandi County in Kenya, Stephen Sang; World Championships gold medallist, Caster Semenya; rapper, Sho Madjozi and Sudanese activist, Alaa Salah.
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana lead with representations on the list with 15, 11, 9 and 8 honourees respectively.