Top 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa

The very first list of Forbes Magazine 40 Most Powerful or Influential Celebrities in Africa includes famous actors, authors, music artists, producers, fashion models, Television celebrities and some athletes, drawn from all over Africa. According to Forbes, below are the 40 Most Powerful and influential African Celebrities of the moment.

Top 40 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in Africa

1. Chinua Achebe, 80, Novelist (Nigeria)
2. Youssou N’dour, 51, Musician (Senegal)
3. Didier Drogba, 33, Footballer (Cote D’Voire)
4. Angelique Kidjoe, 51, Musician (Benin Republic)
5. Akon, 38, Musician (Senegal)
6. Wole Soyinka, 77, Playwright (Nigeria)
7. Salif Keita, 62, Musician (Mali)
8. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, 46, (South African)
9. Oumou Sang, 43, Musician (Mali)
10. Femi Kuti, 49, Musician (Nigerian)
11. Toumani Diabaté, Musician (Malian)
12. Oliver Mtukudzi, 59, Musician (Zimbabwean)
13. Haile Gebrselassie, 38, Athlete (Ethiopian)
14. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, 51, Musician (Algerian)
15. Samuel Eto’o, 30, Soccer Player (Cameroonian)
16. Alek Wek, 34, Supermodel (Sudanese)
17. Liya Kebede, 33, Supermodel (Ethiopian)
18. Dobet Gnahoré, 29, Musician (Ivorian)
19. Genevieve Nnaji, 32, Actress (Nigerian)
20. Koffi Olomidé, 55, Musician (Congolese)
21. Neill Blomkamp, 32, Movie Director (South African)
22. Souad Massi, 39, Musician (Algerian)
23. Baaba Maal, 58, Musician (Senegalese)
24. Hugh Masekela, 72, Musician (South African)
25. K’Naan, 33, Rapper (Somali)
26. Amadou and Mariam, Musicians (Malian)
27. Awilo Longomba, Musician (Congolese)
28. Eric Wainaina, 38, Musician (Kenyan)
29. Binyavanga Wainaina, 40, Author (Kenya)
30. Ngugi Wa Thiongo, 73, Author (Kenya)
31. Freshlyground, Musicians (South Africa)
32. Chimamanda Adichie, 34, Writer (Nigeria)
33. Rokia Traoré, 37, Musician (Mali)
34. Tuface Idibia, 36, Musician (Nigeria)
35. P-Square, 29, Musicians (Nigeria)
36. Don Jazzy, 30, Music Producer (Nigeria)
37. D’Banj, 31, Musician (Nigeria)
38. Nneka, 31, Musician (Nigeria)
39. Asa, 29, Musician (Nigeria)
40. Patricia Amira, 33, TV Personality (Kenya)

Nigeria got 11 out of the 40 most Powerful celebrities.

  1. HONOURABLE OLUWASEYI OGUNYINKA Reply

    The list did not include Omoyele Sowore from Nigeria who with the use of Sahara Reporters sniffed into the innermost part of the world corrupt governments and expose them for all to see and know a lot of DEALERS who called themselves LEADERS and had shortchanged their citizens.
    What about Lt. Col. Jerry Rawlings of Ghana who got rid of the corrupt government officials in Ghana and now Ghana is benefitting from the democratic stabilization to the extent that crude oil is recently discovered at various locations under President Ata Mills and Ghana turned to hub of industrialization as companies are leaving neighbouring countries like Nigeria for Ghana especially with huge investment in their power sector.
    What about 7ft 2in Dikembe Mutombo, a Basket ball player from Congo who embarked on a lot of humanitarian work back in Congo. “In 1997, Mutombo with the Mutombo Foundation began plans to open a $29 million, 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, the Congolese capital of Kinshasa”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikembe_Mutombo .

    In my own opinion, this list is not complete without these 3 above mentioned Africans and a host of others just to mention a few. They are part of the unsung heroes by Forbes Magazine.

    Forbes Magazine need to spread their tentacles far and wide as this list is full of Nigerians, Mali, Senegal and Kenya and there are 56 countries that made up the African continent. My 2 cents.

    • HONOURABLE OLUWASEYI OGUNYINKA Reply

      The list did not include Omoyele Sowore from Nigeria who with the use of Sahara Reporters sniffed into the innermost part of the world corrupt governments and exposed them for all to see and know a lot of DEALERS who called themselves LEADERS and had shortchanged their citizens.
      What about Lt. Col. Jerry Rawlings of Ghana who got rid of the corrupt government officials in Ghana and now Ghana is benefitting from the democratic stabilization to the extent that crude oil is recently discovered at various locations under President Ata Mills and Ghana now turned to hub of industrialization as companies are leaving neighbouring countries like Nigeria for Ghana especially with huge investment in their power sector.
      What about 7ft 2in Dikembe Mutombo, a Basket ball player from Congo who embarked on a lot of humanitarian work back in Congo. “In 1997, Mutombo with the Mutombo Foundation began plans to open a $29 million, 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, the Congolese capital of Kinshasa”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikembe_Mutombo .

      In my own opinion, this list is not complete without these 3 above mentioned Africans and a host of others just to mention a few. They are part of the unsung heroes by Forbes Magazine.

      Forbes Magazine need to spread their tentacles far and wide as this list is full of Nigerians, Mali, Senegal and Kenya and there are 56 countries that made up the African continent. My 2 cents.

  2. ZimKid Reply

    the list says “most powerful” not most humanitarian or whatever.those people might have done a lot for africa but the question is are the y “powerful/influencial” figures.most of them are pretty much unknown by most folks so they cant be classified as “powerful”

    • tochuks Reply

      i agree with you ,some people expected fossilized political morons to grace this list…it just shows how much our psyche has been beseiged with the twisted notion that mindless violence twisted with deceit is a show of social domination..pitifully that has been the lot of our generation….these guys on this list are actually powerful/influential.

  3. Toto Reply

    Nelson mandela isn’t any of those things??

  4. ibezim Evaristus Oluchukwu Reply

    from my own opinion,forbes went wide in their research by givin way 4 entries. Its as a result of opinions from africans the world over. These celebrities have touched the lives of their admirers, they are role models, icons and influential personalities.
    Big ups forbes. . . . Thumbs up. . . . .

  5. tunde Reply

    forbes dont know what thier talking about….what ever happened to people like kanu nwankwo or jay jay okocha?

    • Blondie Reply

      Real brain power on display. Thanks for that answer!

  6. tochuks Reply

    the list is good,mandela isnt on it though but i guess that means he is the peerless club and we cant stick a number to it..im glad don jazzy and all other nigerians made it…at least my generation is well represented…and please any body that dosent like this list should do a survey of his own…thnx

  7. Brodotastic Reply

    Mandela is d world’s number 1 legend, he’s more dan a celebrity, he’s an icon so shudn’t b on d list, But d list is still crap witout kanu nwankwo, my goodness, how did dey omit him

    • Klondike Reply

      Yo, that’s what’s up truthfully.

  8. Ameh Israel Reply

    what of nelson mandela his he not powerful

  9. ELVIS ASANTE DARTEY Reply

    THE list should have included DR. KWAME NKRUMAH WHO LEAD GHANA TO ACHIEVE INDEPENDENCE FROM ITS COLONIES. IT SHOULD HAVE ALSO INCLUDED NELSON MANDELA AND EX PRESIDENTS OF GHANA NAMELY FLT. FLT. JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS AND JOHN AGYEKUM KUFFOUR WHO HELPED GHANA TO BE ITS SELF TODAY

  10. Ackah martin Reply

    This list without mandela & rawlings is full of omissions.

  11. Zayl Reply

    This list without nelson mandela is worthless. Yes he is powerful and some people on this list shouldn’t be here.

  12. Boyd Reply

    The list is full of unknown people. Dr Kenneth Kaunda should have been there. MAndela Nelson and Uncle Bob too are missing.

  13. joseph Reply

    why most so called cerebrities are musicians? out of all cerebrities in nigera TB joshua and other men of God are not there? can someone tell me what it take to be a cerebrity? singing? dancing? raping?

  14. Donny Reply

    Whoever came up with this list did not do his/her homework. What do they mean by most powerful/influential? This list only has footballers, singers and authors. Is that all we have in Africa? What have these people done exactly? Sorry! Thumbs downs!

  15. Chris Reply

    I sensed hyper-karaa influence on the list. Place Genevieve Nnaji and Kanu Nwankwo (or Jay Jay) side-by-side and the difference will be clear.

  16. meet a latina Reply

    what a materpeace u have going on here

  17. Bobby M. Flomo Reply

    sorry my dear but number is George Weah.. first of his kind with out successor,

  18. Egede Chinedu Reply

    What about people like Kanu Nwankwo and Philip Emeagwali the worl computer wizard. Who ever came up with this list tried but still need to do thorough reserch.

  19. John Reply

    big up to mtukudzi for fying the zimbabwean flag high

  20. Anonymous Reply

    Were is mikel obi his meant to be in that list,meen”this list is not complete

  21. Anonymous Reply

    YOU LEFT WINKY D

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