Four Ethiopians among the ‘100 Most Reputable Africans’ in 2023

Four Ethiopians feature as Reputation Poll International, a global reputation firm, releases the 2023 list of the 100 most reputable Africans. 

The list is an annual compilation of the continent’s most recognized African individuals who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and have built strong reputations.



The 2023 list features a diverse group of individuals from various sectors, including Governance/Leadership, Entertainment, Human rights/Advocacy, Education, and Business. 

The list also features four influential Ethiopians, President Sahle-Work Zewde,  Planning and Development Minister Fitsum Assefa, Health Minister, and Dr. Lia Tadesse.

Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive General of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has made it to the list.

Overall, the 100 Most Reputable Africans list highlights the achievements of individuals who are working to improve the lives of others and make a positive impact on the world. 

Some of the notable names appeared on the list include Kenya’s Amina Chawahir Mohamed; Sudan’s Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Ghana’s Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, chancellor of the University of Cape Coast; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia; Nigeria’s Dr. Dauda Lawal, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Credent Capital and Advisory.

Below is the list of the 100 Most Reputable people in Africa in alphabetical order

  1. Abdulrazak Gurnah FRSL: British Author and Professor
  2. Afua Kyei: Chief Financial Officer at Bank of England
  3. Agnes Matilda Kalibab: President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  4. Aisha Yesufu: Human Rights Advocate
  5. Amani Abou-Zeid: Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  6. Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril: Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  7. Arunma Oteh: Economist and Financial Manager
  8. Basita Michael (Esq): President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association
  9. Bibata Ganemtore Nabaloum; Head of the Association for Promotion of Women and Children (APEE)
  10. Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib: Fellow of the African Academy Of Sciences
  11. Birama Sidibé: Former Vice President Of the Islamic Bank of Development
  12. Bolaji Akinremi (Amb.): Director of Economy Trade & Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  13. Carol Bouwer: CEO, Carol Bouwer Productions
  14. Carolyn Steyn: Founder, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day
  15. Chantal Moussokoura Fanny: Senator for Folon District
  16. Clare Akamanzi: CEO, Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
  17. Conrad Mbewe (Pastor): Author and Pastor at Kabwata Baptist Church
  18. Cosmas Maduka: Founder and Chairman of the Coscharis Group
  19. Coumba D. Sow: Representative at UN Food and Agriculture Organization
  20. Dag Heward-Mills (Bishop): Founder and Bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International
  21. Danai Jekesai Guirira: Actress
  22. Dauda Lawal (Dr.): Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Credent Capital and Advisory Ltd
  23. David Olaniyi Oyedepo (Bishop): Founder and General Overseer at Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCW)
  24. Denis Mukwege: Founder and Head of the Panzi Hospital
  25. Edi Mūe Gathegi: Actor
  26. Edward Kobina Enninful OBE: Editor in Chief, British Vogue
  27. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Former President of Liberia
  28. Enoch Adeboye (Pastor): General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)
  29. Eric Yirenkyi Danquah: Founding Director, The West Africa Centre for crop Improvement (WACCI)
  30. Fatoumatta Njai: Representative of ECOWAS
  31. Fitsum Assefa: Minister of Planning and Development of Ethiopia 
  32. Goodluck Ebele Azikwe Jonathan (GCFR, GCON): Former President of Nigeria
  33. Helena Ndume (Dr.): Head of Opthalmology, Windheok Central Hospital
  34. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang: Chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa
  35. Jennifer Douglas (Dr.): Founder and President, Gede Foundation
  36. Jonathan Fonati Koffa: Deputy Speaker Liberia
  37. Joaquim Alberto Chissano: Former President of Mozambique
  38. Joseph-Achille Mbembe: Author, Philosopher, and Lecturer
  39. Joyce Msuya: Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN
  40. Judy Dlamini: Chancellor at the University of Witwatersrand
  41. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (Alhaji, Dr.): Former Director-General of UNIDO
  42. Kanya King, CBE: CEO, Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards
  43. Ken Kwaku: Honorary Consular of Ghana to Tanzania
  44. Kofi Tutu Agyare: Managing Partner at Nubuke Investments
  45. Lazarus Chakwera: President of Malawi
  46. Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi: 36th Kgosi (king) of the royal Bafokeng Nation
  47. Leymah Gbowee: Peace Activist
  48. Leïla Slimani: Author and Journalist
  49. Lia Tadesse: Minister of Health in Ethiopia
  50. Lindiwe Mazibuko: Executive Director of Apolitical Academy
  51. Lucy Quist: MD, Morgan Stanley Ghana
  52. Lydia Heather Mudhari: Honorary Consul for Zimbabwe in Scotland
  53. Marieme Jamme: Philanthropist and Businesswoman
  54. Maritza Peña Rosabal: Former Minister of Education in Cape Verde
  55. Martha Karau (Hon.): Leader of the NARC Kenya political party
  56. Martha K. Koome (Hon. Chief Justice EGH): Chief Justice of Kenya
  57. Martin Kimani: Kenyan Diplomat
  58. Mike Jocktan: Founder of Ministries Christ Revealed to Nations and Renovons Port-Gentil
  59. Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng: Former Chief Justice of South Africa
  60. Mohamed Moustapha Malick Fall: Regional Director at UNICEF for Eastern and Southern Africa
  61. Mohamed Mustafa El-Baradei: Egyptian Lawyer and Diplomat
  62. Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim: Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  63. Monica Geingos: First Lady of Namibia
  64. Monique Ilboudo: Author and Human Rights Advocate
  65. Mthuli Ncube: Former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe
  66. Naguib Onsi Sawiris: CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding
  67. Nelson Makamo: Visual Artist
  68. N’Gunu Tiny: Founder and CEO, The Emerald Group
  69. Nicholas F. Oppenheimer: Businessman
  70. Nj Ajuk: Author, Founder, and CEO of Centurion Law Group
  71. Njoya Tiku: Manager of the UNDP Regional Office in West and Central Africa
  72. Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita: CEO of Dutch Mining Group
  73. Ogiame Atuwatse III: 21st Olu of Warri
  74. Olaniyi Olatunji Nelson: International Development Professional
  75. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge: Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya
  76. Paul Enenche (Dr., Pastor): Senior Pastor, The Dunamis International Gospel Centre
  77. Phuthi Mahanyelle: CEO of Naspers
  78. Ronald Ozzy Lamola: Minister of Justice and Correctional Services in South Africa
  79. Rosalia Martins-Hausiku: CEO Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund of Namibia
  80. Sadia Haji Samatar: Lead of the Parliament in Somalia
  81. Sahle-Work Zewde: President of Ethiopia
  82. Samuel Esson Jonah: Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana
  83. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou: Nurse and Nursing Educator
  84. Soha Ali: Senior Country Representative of J.P Morgan Chase Bank for the Egypt Office
  85. Tembeka Nicholas Ngcukaitob: Author, Lawyer, and Political Activist
  86. Thebe Ikalafeng: Founder and CEO of Brand Leadership Group
  87. Theresa Ayaode: Executive Director of Multiple Concepts Groups
  88. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande: The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
  89. Tuma Adama Gento- Kamara: Chairperson of the National Revenue Authority (NRA)
  90. Victoire Sidémého Dzidudu Dogbé Tomegah: Prime Minister of Togo
  91. Victor Ochen: Founder and Executive Director of African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)
  92. Wally Adeyemo: Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury
  93. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg: Executive Director at Rise, a project by Schmidt
  94. WF Kumuyi (Pastor): General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM)
  95. Wided Bouchamaoui:  Leader of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade, and Handicrafts
  96. Wilfried Mbappé: Football Coach and Agent
  97. William K. Ruto: President of Kenya
  98. Winnie Byanyima: Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UNAIDS
  99. Workneh Gebeyehu: executive General of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  100. Zeinab Badawi: British Journalist and Television Presenter

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