TV Presenter Sophie Ikenye Named Among 100 Most Influential Young Africans – See Full List


The Iconic Kenyan presenter and anchor of BBC daily African news Programme Sophie Ikenye is a famous and influential woman in Africa and beyond. African Awards just confirmed this as it lists the legend in the 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans list.

The anchor, who joined BBC in 2009 as a presenter on Focus of Africa on BBC World Service Radio, has been listed in the inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.

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The elegant lady has always stolen the eyes of her viewers as they listen to each word she says when she presents  her programme Focus on Africa in the studios of the BBC World TV in London.

Though she is miles away from home, her name is alive in Keny, where she was born.

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On that note, she gathered a strong following and her committed fans and admirers in Kenya flooded her page with congratulatory messages shortly after the announcement.

Here Are A few We’ve Gathered:

Congrats Sophie for making it on to our inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans #MIYA100 Sophie Ikenye,” one of her fans by the name Suzana Ogola said.

‏@AwardsAfrica : Congrats Sophie for making it on to our inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans #MIYA100 @sikenye

“Congrats Sophie,I know how far and treacherous your journey has been,” added another fan, Wanjogu Musa.

Mukurima ‏@Mukurima  It’s been a long time coming. Hongera @sikenye. Keep going and be like wine.

Africa Youth Awards is among the continent’s most remarkable honour for young achievers. The awards which are bestowed yearly considers African youths from over 140 countries.

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The list has representation from 27 African countries, and has a gender equity of 62 men and 38 women with the youngest being 14, and an age limit of 40.

Choosing 10 of the most influential across 10 distinct categories, the number 100 represents the combination of young people who are creating change and making sure it betters the lives of other people.

Arranged in Alphabetical Order, Below Is the Full List of 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans By African Youth Awards:

  1. Abraham Attah
  2. Ahmed Adamu
  3. Ahmed Musa
  4. Alain Nteff
  5. Alek Wek
  6. Alengot Oromait
  7. Amira Yahyaoui
  8. Anas Aremeyaw Anas
  9. Anthony Mutua
  10. Arthur Zang
  11. Ashish Thakkar
  12. Ashley Uys
  13. Ato Ulzen-Appiah
  14. Aya Chebbi
  15. Baba Rahman
  16. Barkha Mossae
  17. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
  18. Bitania Lulu Berhanu
  19. Blessing Okagbare
  20. Bogolo Kenewendo
  21. Bright Simmons
  22. Byrite Asamoah
  23. Chancel Mbemba
  24. Chidiogo Akunyili
  25. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  26. Christian Ngan
  27. Christopher Ategeka
  28. Clare Akamanzi
  29. Diamond Platnumz
  30. Emmanuel Makandiwa
  31. Eric Kinoti
  32. Eunice Jepkoech Sum
  33. Farida Bedwei
  34. Franklin Cudjoe
  35. Fred Swaniker
  36. Habsana Jallow
  37. Hadeel Ibrahim
  38. Henok Wendirad
  39. Heshan De Silva
  40. Ik Osakioduwa
  41. Issam Chleuh
  42. Jama Jack
  43. James Mworia
  44. Jamila Abass
  45. Jim Iyke
  46. Johnson Sakaja
  47. Julius Malema
  48. Kansiime Anne
  49. Kelvin Macharia Kuria
  50. Kennedy Odede
  51. Khaya Dlanga
  52. Landry Ndriko Mayigane
  53. Landry Signe
  54. Lina Ben Mhenni
  55. Linda Ikeji
  56. Ludwick Marishane
  57. Lupita Nyongo
  58. Makosi Musambasi
  59. Maletsabisa Molapo
  60. Mamadou Touré
  61. Mark Essien
  62. Mfonobong Nsehe
  63. Minoush Abdel-Meguid
  64. Mmusi Maimane
  65. Moustapha Ben Barka
  66. Murtala Mohamed Kamara
  67. Mustapha Mokass
  68. Nadeem Juma
  69. Nelson Oduma
  70. Nima Elbagir
  71. Nkechikwu Nkeiruka Valerie Azinge
  72. Ola Orekunrin
  73. Omojuwa Japheth
  74. Omotola Jalade
  75. Patrick Ngowi
  76. Peace Hyde
  77. Phiona Mutesi
  78. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
  79. Rapelang Rabana
  80. Richard Nyong
  81. Riyad Mahrez
  82. Rosebill Satha
  83. Saadatou Mallam Barmou
  84. Sadio Mane
  85. Samuel Malinga
  86. Sangu Delle
  87. Sarkodie
  88. Serge Aurier
  89. Simbarashe Mhuriro
  90. Siyabulela Xuza
  91. Sophie Ikenye
  92. Suleiman Sani Bello
  93. Thato Kgatlhanye
  94. Tom Osborn
  95. Tonye Rex Idaminabo
  96. Trevor Noah
  97. Vincent Aboubakar
  98. Vusi Thembekwayo
  99. Wizkid
  100. Zuriel Oduwole