Influential Africans

Three Ugandans have been named among the 100 most influential young Africans list by Africa Youth Awards in 2019. The list which annually recognises the works of young Africans who have impacted lives across the continent, features young people from 32 African countries.

Among the Ugandans named include Singer Eddy Kenzo, news reporter Nancy Kacungira and sports journalist Usher Komugisha.

Nancy Kacungira is a presenter and reporter at BBC News who presents World Business Report on BBC World News while Usher Komugisha is one of the best female sports journalists in Africa.

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 Burna Boy, African Union Youth Envoy; Aya Chebbi, Sierra Leone’s First Lady; H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, Global Teacher Prize Winner; Peter Tabichi, Davido, African Fashion Fund founder; Roberta Annan, Governor of Nandi County, H.E. Stephen Sang and Sudanese activist Alaa Salah.

Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana lead with representations on the list with 15, 11, 9 & 8 honourees respectively.

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.

The list which was compiled in partnership with Avance Media,, VIPI State Agency and Unorthodox PR & Media Group also presents an opportunity for young Africans to stay committed to their individual causes and continue to blaze trails across their various fields.