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.


Lupita, Ory Okolloh, Jacqueline Mugo among Africa’s 50 most influential women

Kenyan award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named amongst Africa’s 50 most influential women by french magazine Juene Afrique. Also in the list is Ory Okolloh who is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and blogger and Jacqueline Mugo who is the Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Nyong’o has been recognized for her impact in the film industry after receiving several accolades for her role in the film 12 years a slave. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar.

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Ory Okolloh who is an activist and a co-founder of Mzalendo website and Ushahidi forums which according to forbes is a forum which combines mapping with eye-witness reports, has been used to monitor elections in Kenya, Mexico and India, track violence in the Eastern Congo and map post-earthquake crisis in Haiti.


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Jacqueline Mugo who is the Federation of Kenya Employers Executive Director was also recognized for the role she plays in leader of african managers. According to business forum Jacqueline has quite a lot of tasks under her leadership she is the Secretary General of Business Africa, the Employers regional body and voice in the continent. She is also Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers, Chairperson of the East African Employer’s Organisation and board member of the Governing Body of the International Organization of Employers and the National Social Security Fund. She maintains roles as Deputy Secretary General of the Pan-African Employers Confederation and Member of the ILO Governing Body.

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Also in the list in Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, South Africa’s Winnie Mandela and Benin’s Angélique Kidjo and Mozambique’s Graça Machel.