South Africa’s most influential person

South African public protector, Thuli Madonsela has been named among Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in 2014.

Madonsela was profiled in Time by former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi.

“Thuli Madonsela is an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be. Her work on constitutional reform, land reform and the struggle for the protection of human rights and equality speaks for itself,” Sanusi said.

“As South Africa’s public protector, with her ability to speak truth to power and to address corruption in high places, Madonsela has been outstanding.”

Madonsela is one of ten Africans to make the list, and sits next to the likes of Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

African influencers include:

  • Thuli Madonsela – South Africa’s Public Protector;
  • Aliko Dangote – Nigerian businessman and Africa’s richest man;
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Nigerian Minister of Finance;
  • Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe – Ugandan community leader and philanthropist;
  • Binyavanga Wainaina – Kenyan writer and gay rights activist;
  • Ory Okolloh – Kenyan activist and online entrepreneur;
  • Abdul Fattah al-Sisi – Egyptian Defense Minister, the “Lion of Egypt”;
  • Imam Omar Kobine Layama – CAR religious leader;
  • Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga – CAR religious leader;
  • Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou – CAR religious leader.

Time’s list of most influential people lists the top 100 people in the world who have changed the world and made an impact – not always necessarily in a positive way.

The names are listed in no particular order, with 20 most influential people from 5 categories being named. These categories are Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.

In the Titans category, global influencers in entertainment such as Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams are named alongside tech innovators like Jeff Bezos and Snapchat creators Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy.

Other Titan influences include businessmen David and Charles Koch and political heavyweights, Hillary Clinton and Chair of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.

US President Barack Obama is also featured as an influential leader, marking his 9th appearance in a Times Top 100 Influencers list – tied with Oprah Winfrey, who has not appeared in the list since 2011.

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