Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed are some of the Kenyans who have made it to 2020 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans.
Global award-winner teacher Peter Tabichi from Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School and lawyer Prof Patrick Lumumba have also made it to the list helping Kenya to claim five spots.
The five are among the 47 African women and 53 African men who were picked based on their contributions in the various fields such as governance, business and leadership in 2020.
According to Reputation Poll International, the reputation-management body which handles the nomination process; individuals are selected based on their score on three core values, namely; integrity, visibility and impact. The nominees are from sectors such as Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education and Business.
“Very prominent personalities featured in the list include: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; Nigeria’s Dr Paul Enenche, South Africa’s Prof. Wiseman L. Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and Chairman of Rothschild (SA); Guinean Economist Cellou Dalein Diallo, and Cameroon’s Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,” Reputation Poll International notes on its website. The body states that two African presidents, a vice president and some policymakers were selected based on their impressive scores on governance.
On a business perspective, South Africa’s Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu and Nigeria’s Folorunso Alakija were picked for their contributions globally.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Sierra Leone’s Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and Ghana’s former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang also made it on the list for making an impact on leadership.
However, the Reputation Poll International did not go deeper to account for the selection of five Kenyans.
CS Kagwe on April 4, 2020, hit the international headlines when American media outlet Wall Street Journal hailed his management of the coronavirus interventions. This was just days after the first case was noted in Kenya on March 13. “Kenya’s unlikely coronavirus hero is Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe,” Sam Walker who authored the article published by the Wall Street Journal partly wrote.
Governor Oparanya, who chairs the Council of Governors has also been at the forefront in crafting and reviewing coronavirus health safety protocols. Oparanya and Kagwe have worked closely to lead the Covid-19 Emergency Response team to upscale country’s preparedness for the disease.
CS Amina, on the other hand, has been the topic of discourse after she was nominated to vie for the top job at the World Trade Organisation.
Amina who has been touted as one of the favourites faces five other candidates from Egypt, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea in the race for the job. Prof PLO Lumumba has also cut a niche as an expert in governance and legal affairs.
Science teacher and Franciscan friar at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School Peter Tabich was feted as the World’s Best Teacher with prize money of Sh100 million last year. Tabichi was honoured for his sacrifice and contribution to education as a teacher.
Below are the nominees to the list of 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2020.
- Abdessattar Ben Moussa || President, Tunisian Human Rights League
- Abiy Ahmed || Prime Minister, Ethiopia
- Achille Mbembe || Political Scientist
- Adama Gorou (Adams) || Human Potential Catalyst
- Agnes Kalibata || President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
- Akinwumi Adesina Dr. || President, African Development Bank
- Amadou Diaw || Founder, Forum de Saint Louis
- Amadou Gallo Fall || President, Basketball Africa League
- Amadou Mahtar Ba || Executive Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media Inc.
- Amani Abou-Zeid || Commissioner, African Union Commission
- Amina C. Mohamed || Cabinet Secretary, Kenya
- Angélique Kidjo || Musician
- Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka || Member of Parliament, Tanzania
- Anne Makinda || Politician
- Anthony Navo Jnr || Founder, African Young Voices
- Arikana Chihombori Quao.Dr || Educator, Policy Leader
- Asha-Rose Migiro || Diplomat
- Ashish Thakkar || Founder Mara Group
- Basetsana “Bassie” Kumalo || Businesswoman.
- Belay Begashaw || DG, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa
- Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || Entrepreneur
- Bineta Diop || Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarité Senegal
- Carlos Lopes || Economist
- Caster Semenya || Olympic Athlete
- Catherine Adoyo Prof. || Professor, George Washington University
- Cellou Dalien Diallo || Economist and Politician
- Collen Mashawana || Philanthropist
- Denis Mukwege || Founder, Panzi Hospital
- Divine Ndhlukula || Managing Director, SECURICO
- Donald Kaberuka || Board Chair, Global Fund
- Edith Brou || Digital Entrepreneur
- Ellinah Wamukoya (Bishop) || Clergy
- Elsie S. Kanza || Head of Africa, World Economic Forum
- Emma Inamutila Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia
- Enenche Paul Dr || Senior Pastor, Dunamis Int’l Gospel Centre
- Fadumo Dayib || Politician
- Fatou Bensouda || Prosecutor, ICC
- Félix Tshisekedi || President, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Femi Otedola || Chair, Forte Oil PLC
- Folorunso Alakija || Businesswoman and philanthropist
- Francis Arinze (Cardinal) || Cardinal, Roman Catholic Church
- Fred Swaniker || Founder, African Leadership Academy, Ghana
- Georges Rebelo Chikoti || Diplomat
- Hafez Ghanem || Vice President, World Bank
- Hajer Sharief || Co-Founder, Together we build it, Libya
- Hamadoun Touré || Executive Director, SMART Africa
- Hanna Tetteh || Head, United Nations Office to the African Union
- Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki || CEO, NEPAD
- Ilwad Elman || Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
- Isatou Alwar Graham || Lawyer and writer
- Ishaq Usman Bello (Justice) || Chief Judge FCT Abuja
- Jackie Chimhanzi. Dr || CEO, African Leadership Institute
- James Alix Michel || Former President of Seychelles
- Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Prof) || Former Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast
- Jelani Aliyu || Automotive Designer, General Motors
- Jewel C. Howard Taylor.H.E || Vice President, Liberia
- Johannes Gawaxab || Governor, Bank of Namibia
- José Eduardo Agualusa || Journalist and writer
- Kabirou Mbodje || Founder, Wari Group
- Kumi Naidoo || Secretary-General Amnesty International
- Kwesi Botchwey Prof. || Former Minister of Finance Ghana and Professor,
- Lamin Momodou Manneh || Lead, Regional Hub UNDP Africa
- Leymah Gbowee || Founder, Gbowee Peace Foundation
- Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary-General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
- Lwazi Bam || CEO, Deloitte Africa
- Macsuzy Mondon || Minister, Seychelles
- Major Seynabou Diouf || Police United Nation
- Manasseh Azure Awuni || Journalist
- Margaret Blick Kigozi Prof || Consultant, UNIDO
- Maria do Carmo Silveira || Former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe’s
- Mariéme Jamme || Founder, iamtheCODE
- Matshidiso Moeti .Dr || Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO)
- Mensa Otabil || Theologian
- Mia Couto || Biologist and writer
- Michelle Ndiaye || Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies
- Mohamed El Kettani || CEO Attijariwafa Bank
- Mohamed ElBaradei || Law scholar and diplomat who served as Vice-President of Egypt
- Mutahi Kagwe || Cabinet Secretary for Health, Republic of Kenya
- Ngozi Okonjoi-Iweala. Dr || Board Chair, Gazi, Nigeria
- Nhlamu Dlomu || Global Head of People, KPMG
- Nobuhle Judith Dlamini Nxasana Dr. || Businesswoman and Author
- Patrick Awuah || Founder, Ashesi University
- Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba || Director, Kenya School of Law
- Paul Kagame H.E || President Rwanda
- Peter Tabichi || Teacher
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka || Executive Director, UN Women
- Precious Moloi-Motsepe Dr. || Entrepreneur
- Shamila Batohi || Director, National Prosecuting Authority
- Sheila Tlou || Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition
- Tony Ojobo || Public policy expert
- Vera Songwe. Dr || UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNECA,
- Vincent Rague || Co-founder of Catalyst Principal Partners,
- Wided Bouchamaoui || Co-Founder, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet,
- Winnie Byanyima || Director UNAIDS,
- Wiseman L. Nkuhlu Prof || Chancellor, University of Pretoria
- Wycliffe A. Oparanya || Politician
- Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE || Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Zweli Mkhize Dr. || Minister, South Africa