Nine young Kenyans have been named among the 2019 100 most influential young Africans list by Africa Youth Awards.
Top media personality Adelle Onyango who is known for her work promoting causes like standing firm against rape with No Means No. Award-winning Amref Communications manager and former TV anchor, Elizabeth Ntonjira. Athlete Beatrice Chepkoech aged 28 recently clinched the gold medal in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships in Doha on September 30, 2019.
Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang aged 34 who in June 2019 was arrested over a tea plantation row. He was being sought for uprooting tea belonging to Kibwari Estate. BBC Journalist Larry Madowo who is currently a student at Columbia Journalism University with some of the world’s finest business journalists.
Others include Darshan Chandaria, CEO, Chandaria Industries, community-based organization founder, Natalie Robi, Founder of Green Generation Initiative, Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti and Crystal Rivers Products MD Shirlene Nafula.
The list annually recognises the works of young Africans who have impacted lives across the continent. In its 4th 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 Nigerian artist Burna Boy, Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Fatima Maada Bio, Sudanese activist Alaa Salah, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ilham Eman, Nigerian born Everton player Alex Iwobi, Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi, South African athlete Caster Semenya, Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo, Ugandan journalist Nancy Kacungira, Egyptian born Liverpool player Mohamed Salah, Ethiopian musician Rophnan, South African singer Sho Madjozi and Gabon born Arsenal player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana lead with representations on the list with 15, 11, 9 and 8 honourees respectively.