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New African magazine has released its annual list of 100 Most Influential Africans of 2014. This year’s list has the usual suspects who have been named in previous listings, some names you would definitely expect and some surprising new ones.

Of the 100 people listed, from various industries such as politics, science, arts and entertainment, athletes and more, this year’s list features more than 40 women.

South Africa holds the highest number of entries with 33, followed closely by Nigeria with 27. Kenya has fourteen entries.

Some of the notable names include, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, one of the co-founders of Transparency International who is listed for her influence in civil society and activism. Also on the list are four African heads of state: President Uhuru Kenyatta, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, President Idriss Déby of Chad and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Lupita Nyongo highlights the newcomers for her role in bringing Africa on to the global stage with her Oscar win for her role in Steve McQueens 12 Years a Slave.

Other interesting names to note include, Diana Opoti whose 100 Days of African Fashion made her an instant legend in African fashion circles as she showed off a new outfit for three months and ten days straight. Afri-Innovator, Kelvin Doe, the 13 year old self-taught engineer is also a new addition. He used scraps of metal to build a generator to power a radio station. He has since signed $100,000 deal to develop his own solar power technology.

For a full and complete list go to: newafricamagazine.com