Time magazine has listed seven Africans among its list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021, including figures from the world of academia, science, activism and economics.
The Nigerian head of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, featured on the list, with an accompanying biography written by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The couple hailed her as the first African and first woman to head the trading bloc and praised her ability to “get things done”.
Other key names on the list included South African Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, Cameroonian Dr John Nkengasong, who is heading the AU’s Covid response, and Kenyan environmental activist Phyllis Omido.
American environmentalist Erin Brockovich described the Kenyan single mother as her “hero”.
Senegalese writer and musician Felwine Sarr and Ethiopian entrepreneur and food policy specialist Sara Menker were also on the list.
In addition, there were household names from the African diaspora including actors Omar Sy and Daniel Kaluuya.