August 4, 2016
Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s biggest honour for young achievers, with annual participation from over 140 countries, has announced its inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
The list, which has representation from 27 African countries, has 62 men and 38 women, with the youngest being 14, considering the age limit of 40.
Sierra Leonean journalist, rights activist and young entrepreneur Murtala Mohamed Kamara is named among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
Selecting 10 of the most influential across 10 distinct categories, the number 100 represents the force of young people who are creating change and making sure it translates into making the lives of other people better.
The list, which was compiled in consultation with a jury made up of young Africans based across the globe, after weeks of public nomination, represents hope for the continent and exhibits the potentials Africa has to become a global phenomenon.
On social media, 87 percent of these young Africans are on Facebook, with a combined following of 18,317,458 whiles 86 percent have 16,203,116 followers on twitter. (Data compiled on 15th July, 2016).
Prince Akpah, President of the organisation, reiterated the need for the continent to be inspired by its own success stories and hope the list will provide a great reference of motivation for most young people to take a step in creating a great future for themselves and Africa.
The list comes with a publication which features Profiles and other details of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans accessible for download on www.africayouthawards.org
Partners for the ranking included Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Global Skills Exchange, Project Know Thy Self International, ACME Consult, Afro Lynk, with the support of various Media Organisations across the continent.
Africa Youth Awards is Africa’s most prestigious award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.