Kenyans Named In Africa’s Top 50 Movers And Shakers List

Forbes Africa has come up with a list of top 50 African movers and shakers and a few Kenyans have made it to the list.

According the Forbes the  people on the list personify modern Africa: entrepreneurs and artists, athletes, politicians and activists. They were chosen by a jury under the direction of renowned economic journalist Mfonobong Nsehe .

Here are the Kenyans on the list:

Lupita Nyong’o – Kenyan actress and filmmaker was celebrated in her Hollywood debut in “12 Years a Slave.” She earned the Best Supporting Actress Academy. Award for her role as the slave Patsey.  She is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama. She is currently working on “Queen Of Katwe,” a film based on the true story of the rise of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

Ory Okolloh – lawyer Ory Okolloh, 37, first came into the limelight as a blogger and co-founder of Ushahidi, which Kenyans used to report incidences of violence through email, text message and Twitter following the 2007 elections. Ushahidi’s open-source software is now used around the world for similar causes. Okolloh, a passionate advocate of good governance and accountability in Africa, now serves as Managing Director of Omidyar Network Africa, which invests in African for-profit and nonprofit organizations that foster a civil society.

Sauti Sol –  The quartet of Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno make up Sauti Sol, Kenya’s most popular music export on the African continent. The enormously successful boy band sings in Swahili and blends local and regional dances and music with western-inspired music genres like soul and R’n’B. Sauti means “voice” in Swahili. In 2014, they won the best African Act at the 2014 MTV European Music Awards.