More than 20 high-ranking Africans made the list of the “2017 100 Most Reputable People on Earth” that was published by Reputation Poll, a global research-based, performance-management consulting company.
The list is comprised of individuals from across the globe that have gained high reputations through their work and accomplishments. They represent different sectors, including policy, entertainment, leadership, religion, education, business, and more.
In the political sphere, notable African leaders are on top of the list, including Rwandan President Paul Kagame, South African lawyer and politician Mathew Phosa, former Nigerian Minister of Finance Dr. Okonjo Iweala, Nigerian Emir of the Kano Emirat Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as well as Graça Machel, a Mozambican politician and widow of the former President of Mozambique Samora Machel and South African President Nelson Mandela.
Several top African religious leaders and priests are also listed, including Nigerian Bishop David Oyedepo, South African social rights activist and retired Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nigerian doctor and Pastor Paul Enenche, and famed Nigerian Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
In the entrepreneurial circle, several noteworthy names appear on the list, including African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina; Cameroonian technology entrepreneur and founder of AppsTech Rebecca Enonchong; Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire Mo Ibrahim; and prominent Zimbabwean businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa.
Given the rapid pace at which the African entertainment industry is growing, several Africans were selected. They include South Africa’s top media personality and comedian Trevor Noah and Nigerian novelist and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A number of African diplomats also made the list, including renowned Ghanaian diplomat and seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan; Nigerian co-founder of Transparency International Obiageli Ezekwesili; top Botswana judge, human rights activist, and writer Unity Dow; and Ugandan politician and Oxfam Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.
Two top African educationists Calestous Juma of Kenya and engineer Patrick Awuah of Ghana, who is the founder of Ashesi University, also made the cut.
Those who were ranked among the most prominent global personalities are former U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and more.