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3 Zimbabweans among most influential Africans

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THREE Zimbabweans have been named among the 100 most influential Africans by London-based New African Magazine.

Staff Reporter

The three are novelist Noviolet Bulawayo, media entrepreneur Trevor Ncube and Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa.

Ncube is the chairman of Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of NewsDay, Southern Eye, Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard.

There are 32 women on the list, with the youngest being Nigerian girl Zuriel Oduwole, aged only 11.

In a statement, New African said Oduwole has been making waves across the African continent in the fight for women’s education, having already competently interviewed eight African heads of state and launched a mentorship programme for girls, to name, but a fraction of her many achievements.

Oldest on the list is 76-year-old Edna Adan, former Somaliland Foreign minister and pioneer for women’s rights and women’s health, as director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital and an activist in the struggle for the abolition of female circumcision.

Also included are some of the wealthiest men and women on the continent, such as Nigerian Aliko Dangote, South African Johann Rupert and Angolan Isabel dos Santos. Nigeria leads the way as the country which has the highest number of influential figures, taking up 23% of the list. It is followed by South Africa, taking up 22% of the list.

There are only three heads of state on the list, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Gabonese President Ali Bongo and Joyce Banda of Malawi.

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