IGP Dr Dampare, Aps Eric Nyamekye, Mensa Otabil make 2024 100 Most Reputable Africans List

Reputation Poll International (RPI), a leading reputation management and public relations consultancy firm has announced the 2024 list of its annual publication of 100 Most Reputable Africans which recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and have built a strong reputation.

The list features prominent Ghanaians such as the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, The Church of Pentecost Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Cardinal Peter Turkson and ICGC General Overseer Dr Mensa Otabil.

Other Ghanaians on the list are Fred Swaniker, Roberta Annan, Dr Sangu Delle, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Hon Sophia Karen Edem Ackuaku and HRM Drolor Bosso Adamtey.

This year’s list features a diverse group of individuals from various sectors, including politics, business, entertainment, and human rights advocacy. Some of the notable names listed in the business category include Nigeria’s Femi Otedola; Sudanese-British billionaire businessman Mo Ibrahim and Zimbabwe’s Kenneth Sharpe. Mahmood Mamdani; Chancellor at Kampala International University; Tanzanian’s biodiversity leader Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Liberia’s Former president Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

In addition to the individuals recognised on Reputation Poll International’s “100 Most Reputable Africans” list for their various achievements, there are also those who are celebrated for their contributions to social impact and social entrepreneurship, helping to transform businesses in Africa and positively impacting lives without causing controversy.

Beninese Singer & songwriter Angelique Kidjo and Danai Jekesai Zimbabwean-American Actress were featured in the entertainment category.

All things considered, the list of the 100 Most Reputable Africans is evidence of the tenacity and resiliency of the African continent. It draws attention to the accomplishments of people who are trying to change the world and make a better life for others. The list serves as a source of inspiration for all Africans and a reminder of the numerous gifted and accomplished people changing the globe.

Below is the list of the 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2024.

  1. Angelique Kidjo || Singer & Songwriter and actress
  2. Abderrahmane Sissako || Mauritanian-born Malian film director and producer
  3. Abshir Aden Ferro || Somalian politician
  4. Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu (CFR CON) || Business man and philanthropist
  5. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf   || Somalia Judge and Attorney
  6. Abdulrazak Gurnah   || Tanzanian-British novelist and academic
  7. Agnes Matilda Kalibata || President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  8. Alek Wek || South Sudanese-British model and designer
  9. Ann Peacock
  10. Armstrong Ume Takakang (Dr) || CEO, Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI)
  11. Berhane Asfaw || Ethiopian Palaeontologist 
  12. Bience Philomina Gawanas   ||  Namibian lawyer
  13. Catherine Uju Ifejika || Lawyer and legal expert
  14. Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinal || Italian Actress
  15. Constance Connie Ferguson || Filmmaker, businesswoman
  16. Cynthia Davies CBE || CEO of the Diversifying Group
  17. Danai Jekesai || Actress
  18. Daniël Christiaan de Wet Swanepoel || South-African professor
  19. David Moinina Sengeh || Sierra-Leone Politician
  20. Debra Mallowah || Vice president for Coca- Cola’s East and Central African franchise
  21. Diébédo Francis Kéré || Architect
  22. Dr. Denis Mukwege || Pentecostal pastor and Congolese Gynaecologist
  23. Drolor Bosso Adamtey (HRM) || Suapolor, Se (Shai) Traditional Area
  24. Ebenezer Bonyah || Associate Professor
  25. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema || Biodiversity leader and lawyer
  26. Apostle Eric Nyamekye || Chairman of the Church of Pentecost
  27. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf || Former president of Liberia
  28. Emmanuel Mark Kembe || South Sudan Musician
  29. Eric Yirenkyi Danquah || Ghanaian Plant geneticist
  30. Euvin Naidoo || South African Banking Executive
  31. Femi Otedola || Nigerian Businessman and Philanthropist
  32. Folorunsho Alakija || Nigerian Businessman                                                                               
  33. Fransisco Aupa Indongo || Namibian Business man and politician
  34. Fred Swaniker || Entrepreneur
  35. Gabriel Aduda || Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources Nigeria
  36. Gebisa Ejeta ||Ethiopian American plant breeder, geneticist and Professor 
  37. Dr. George Akuffo Dampare || Inspector General of Police, Ghana
  38. Gideon Boko Duma || Motswana Politician 
  39. Gilbert Houngbo || Togolese politician and diplomat
  40. Ibukun Awosika || Chairperson, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited
  41. Isatou Ceesay || Gambian activist and social entrepreneur
  42. Jeanette Marais || CEO, Momentum Investment
  43. Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo || Nigerian Journalist
  44. Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum || Congolese Microbiologist 
  45. Jimmy Volmink || Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University
  46. Joseph Nyumah Boakai || President of Liberia
  47. Juldeh Camara || Musician
  48. Julian Kyula || Co-Founder, Board Member, and Group CEO, MoDe 
  49. Jumoke Oduwole || Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ease of Doing Businessin the Office of the Vice President
  50. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah || Sierra Leonean agricultural economist, politician
  51. Kennedy Odede || CEO, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
  52. Kenneth Sharpe || Zimbabwean businessman, philanthropist
  53. Khairy Beshara || Egyptian film director
  54. Ladisias Prosper Agbesi || CEO, Lash Group 
  55. Leymah Roberta Gbowee || Liberian peace activist
  56. Mahmood Mamdani || Ugandan Scholar
  57. Manuel Lopes Andrade (Tcheka) || Cape Verdean singer, songwriter and guitarist
  58. Masenate Mohato Seeiso (HRM) || Queen of Lesotho 
  59. Maud Chifamba || Academician
  60. Mensa Otabil (Dr) || Ghanaian Pastor and Motivational Speaker
  61. Mike Jocktane || Politician and Pastor of Gabonese Protestants
  62. Mo Ibrahim || Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation   
  63. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju || Organizational Leader and Policy Expert
  64. Mogoeng Mogoeng || South African Jurist
  65. Mohamed Hag Ali Hag el Hassan || Sudanese-Italian mathematician and physicist
  66. Mohamed Osman Baloola || Sudanese scientist and inventor
  67. Monique Nsanzabaganwa (Dr) || Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission
  68. Muhammed Bulama (Dr) || Deputy Director, Multi-Media of the APC Presidential Campaign for the 2023 presidential elections
  69. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah || Namibian politician
  70. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Dr) || Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  71. Nnenna Oti (Prof) || Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri.
  72. Nuhu Ribadu mni || Nigerian politician and retired police officer
  73. Okello Oculi || Ugandan Novelist, Poet
  74. Ory Okolloh || Blogger, Lawyer, and Activist
  75. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires || Cape Verdean politician
  76. Enenche Paul (DR) || Medical Doctor, Televangelist
  77. Peter Turkson (His Eminence) || Ghanaian Prelate, cardinal of catholic church
  78. Polycarp Pengo (His Eminence) || Tanzanian Prelate, Cardinal of catholic church
  79. Rachid Yazami || Moroccan Scientist, engineer and Inventor     
  80. Dr. Rajae Ghanimi || Medical Doctor
  81. Rediet Abebe || Ethiopian computer scientist
  82. Roberta Annan || Ghanaian Business woman, Investor and Philanthropist
  83. Rosalia Hausiku Martins || Director, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board
  84. Ronald Lamola || Politician and Attorney
  85. Rita Oyoku || Entrepreneur
  86. Samia Suluhu Hassan  || President of Tanzania
  87. Sangu Delle (Dr) || Pan-African entrepreneur and investor
  88. Sherrie Silver || Choreographer
  89. Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu || Singer &Song Writer
  90. Sinari Bolade Daranijo || Entrepreneur
  91. Siya Kolisi || South African Rugby Player   
  92. Sophia Karen Edem Ackuaku (Hon) || Managing Director, Amsos Ghana Ltd
  93. Sven Thieme || Namibian Business Man
  94. Tariye Gbadegesin || CEO, ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment
  95. Sister Theopista Namukasa || Teacher
  96. Trevor Noah || Comedian
  97. Tom Alweendo || Namibian politician
  98. Vusi Thembekwayo || Business Man, Author, Speaker
  99. Wanjira Mathai || Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute Kenya
  100. Zainab Hawa Bangura || Sierra Leonean politician and social activist

Source: Prince Akpah