40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa

In September 2011, Forbes Online put out a request for a list of the 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in contemporary Africa. Over 7,500 entries were received! Now we get to see who made the list. The list was compiled by Forbes contributor, Mfonobong Nsehe. In the introduction for the list, Mfonobong outlines the criteria. “Determining the celebrities who exert the highest degree of influence in contemporary African pop culture involved sifting through the nominations for the individuals with the highest numbers of votes, and then measuring their media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online), number of web references on Google, TV/radio mentions and their general clout across the continent. Ideally, a robust social media presence would have been an invaluable yardstick in determining the intensity of influence these individuals exert over their enthusiasts.” 1. Chinua Achebe, 80, Nigerian, Novelist 2. Youssou N’dour, Age: 51, Senegalese, Musician 3. Didier Drogba, 33, Ivorian, Soccer Player 4. Angelique Kidjo, 51, Beninoise, Musician 5. Akon, 38, Senegalese, Musician 6. Wole Soyinka, 77, Nigerian, Playwright 7. Salif Keita, 62, Malian, Musician 8. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, 46, South African, Musician 9. Oumou Sangare, 43, Malian, Musician 10. Femi Kuti, 49, Nigerian, Musician 11. Toumani Diabaté, Malian, Musician 12. Oliver Mtukudzi, 59, Zimbabwean, Musician 13. Haile Gebrselassie, 38, Ethiopian, Athlete 14. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, 51, Algerian, Musician 15. Samuel Eto’o, 30, Cameroonian, Soccer Player 16. Alek Wek, 34, Sudanese, Supermodel 17. Liya Kebede, 33, Ethiopian, Supermodel 18. Dobet Gnahoré, 29, Ivorian, Musician 19. Genevieve Nnaji, 32, Nigerian, Actress 20. Koffi Olomidé, 55, Congolese, Musician