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President Magufuli of Tanzania named New African Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ as part of its 100 Most Influential Africans list




New African magazine, one of Africa’s most respected and longstanding magazines, has released its 2016 Most Influential Africans list.

In a break from the past, New African named Tanzanian President John Magufuli as their ‘Person of the Year’. Having made headlines for a new style of leadership, he is recognised for his efforts to root out corruption and for his principled approach.

This year, the magazine has reached out to a number of respected analysts and experts who have selected their most influential personalities across a variety of fields: politics, civil society, education, business, sports and techpreneurs. As a result there are a number of highly interesting individuals, including some whom could be considered lesser known names and public figures.

The most influential policymakers were selected by former Executive Secretary of the UN-Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes.

In his list are a number of heads of states, notably President Kenyatta of Kenya and President Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, which has been Africa’s best performing economy of the last few years. Among the notable influencers are several women including Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Mauritius’ first female president; Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s fearless ex- Public Protector; and Cameroonian Economist and IFC Regional Director, Vera Songwe.

The business section edited by McKinsey Partner, commentator and policy adviser, Acha Leke, lists Kenyan Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge; Zimbabwean industrialist and telecoms entrepreneur, Strive Masiyiwa; and Rwanda Development Board’s transformational  CEO, Francis Gatare among its most influential.

The guest editors for the other sections are as follows: Education:  Fred Swaniker, founder of the African Leadership University; Civil Society: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam; Techpreneurs: Ory Okolloh, Director of Investments at Omidyar Network Africa; Publishing and Literature: Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder of Cassava Republic Press; and Sports:  Osasu Obayiuwana, New African’s Associate Editor and sports journalist.

This year there are 19 Nigerians and 21 South Africans. East Africa registered 23 entries and there are 32 women on the list.

You can read the full list of Africa’s most influential individuals in the December issue of New African magazine, available on newsstands across the globe and digitally via It is also available on Apple and Android app stores.


  1. Suga

    December 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Now this is what we should be talking about. when you diligently work without noise making at the end your work will surely make the noise for you to be genuinely recognised and awarded. This award on this Tanzanian president is so deserving. The man is the most patriotic, real, and focused president in Africa.If only other African presidents will also thread his path, including our amiable Bubu…. Congratulations sir!

    • village woman

      December 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm


  2. Kosi

    December 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I love this man. He is the best. I swear. If all africann leaders will be like him,

    Bella i think you need to highlight why he was chosen as the man of the year.

    I mean my jaw dropped when i heard what he did immediately he got elected. Am like what?? My goodness if we can have at least 10 of his kind in africa, we shall be alright.

    He is unlike any other african leader i know.

    Next year it shall be Nana Akuffu Addo= Next new president of Ghana, after we throw the corrupt trash called mahama out on Dec 7

  3. Kosi

    December 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    watch here to see why Tanzanian President John Magufuli is THE BEST

  4. village woman

    December 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    In addition to Uncle Bob

  5. Bob

    December 3, 2016 at 10:03 am

    He is Fearless. No tribal nonsence! just focused! trully loves his country or atleast he feel pain for it.

  6. Abominable snow girl

    December 4, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Good to know.

  7. Dr. Gershon K. Mwiti

    December 7, 2016 at 9:48 am

    As a Leadership Scholar and Consultant, I am exited to note the recognition of President Magufuli of Tanzania as African of the Year.
    The common denominator of African leadership weakness is endemic corruption in Africa, with all its devastating facets. It can only be overcome by top leadership in each country, demonstrating the true Power of Leadership, the modeling of leadership. As the author of two books on Corruption; namely: When the Best is Corrupt and The Incorruptible, I believe that African leadership is both the problem and the solution of its political, social and economic predicaments. By Top Leadership is meant, the Presidents as individuals.

    Dr. Gershon K. Mwiti, CEO
    Leadership Institute of Kenya and Chairman
    Leadership Association of KENYA LAK)).

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