100 Most Influential Africans: Ten Kenyans Including CJ David Maraga Listed


Chief Justice David Maraga is among ten Kenyans that have been listed as the top 100 most influential Africans by The New African Magazine.

The magazine which is now in its fifth year announced it’s 2007 100 Most Influential Africans list on Wednesday, celebrating 100 personalities who helped shape the year.

It samples individuals from all sectors including business, politics, music, sports, and other industries.

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Kenya Chief Justice David Maraga made the list along with Ijara MP Sophia Noor, Centum CEO James Mworia and Lawyer PLO Lumumba.

Others are Med in Africa founder Yvonne Mburu, TV host Julie Gichuru, nutritionist Ruth Oniang’o and athletes Elijah Manangoi, Faith Kipyegon and Helen Obiri.

“Our criteria for “influential” this year was a fairly simple one – it is applied to people whose work or activity has had some sort of transformative effect outside their main calling,” explained the magazine’s Editor.

“This effect results in a change of perception or provides inspiration to others. Many in our selection have shattered the proverbial glass-ceilings or disability stigma and do so with great bravery, determination, and personal sacrifice. Others yield economic power that impacts world markets.”

Chief Justice David Maraga made the 100 Most Influential Africans list thanks to the landmark ruling in September which nullified the August 8 presidential election.

He featured as the 6th most influential person in the Politics and Public Service category, after the King of Morocco Mohammed VI.



Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor is the 8th most influential person in the politics category. She is the first woman from North Eastern to be elected to Parliament.

100 Most Influential Africans

In the Civil Society and Activism category, Patrick ‘PLO’ Lumumba came in second after Haben Girma who is a deaf-blind Harvard Law graduate and disability rights activist based in Eritrea, Ethiopia and US.

Lumumba has been described as a defense lawyer and an anti-corruption champ.

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Across Africa

Nigeria has the highest number of individuals on the list, closely followed by South Africa.

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote (Nigeria), businessman Mohammed Dewji (Tanzania) were named once more in the Business and Finance category, alongside newcomers Isabel dos Santos and Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, both from Angola.

Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and President Alpha Conde of Guinea are the only three heads of states who made the list.

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo featured in the Politics and Public Service category.