Influential Young Africans are listed

Bafana Bafana’s Percy Tau is one of the talented South Africans from various fields who have made the 100 Most Influential Young Africans list.

Tau is the only footballer from Mzansi on the list and the former Mamelodi Sundowns star has been included among other South Africans excelling in different fields ranging from politics to music and entertainment.

The list includes the likes of Economic Freedom Fighters’ Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, musician Cassper Nyovest and actress Nomzamo Mbatha, among others.

South Africa has 17 extremely talented young people on this year’s list. Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania all lead the list with 20, 17, 12 and eight representatives respectively.

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“100 young achievers from 26 African countries have been announced by Africa Youth Awards as part of the 2018 list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans. The annual prestigious list which was launched in 2016 and currently in its third year features young politicians, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, digital influencers, philanthropists & athletes across 10 distinct categories who are blazing various trails and promoting the positive image of Africa across the globe,” confirmed the organisers in a statement on

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Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa is one of the few footballers whose names appear on the list. Television personalities and radio hosts like Bonang Matheba, Thando Thabethe and Luthando Shosha are some of Mzansi’s celebrities whose names appear on the list.

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Ndlozi wins ‘Most Influential Young South African’ award

Johannesburg – EFF national spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been named the Most Influential Young South African for 2017.

Ndlozi takes over from comedian Trevor Noah who won the prize in 2016.

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Ndlozi was awarded the honour after topping a poll by Avance Media, a social enterprise in partnership with various organisations aiming to show the growing potential of young people.

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The poll was open to public participation from about 90 countries, and had several categories, namely Business, Law and Governance, Science and Technology, Entertainment, Media, Leadership and Civil society, Social Enterprise and Philanthropy, Personal Development and Academia, Sports as well as Lifestyle.

Bafana Bafana and Sundowns midfielder Percy Tau was ranked second overall and won the Sports category. Actress and model Nomzamo Mbatha took third spot and first in the Lifestyle category.

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Dr Sandile Kubheka, an Intensive Care Unit medical officer at Grey Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal scooped the fourth position and took first place in the Science and Technology category. In 2013 Kubheka became the youngest ever doctor to qualify for MBChB at the age of 20 and is now the ambassador for the SA National Blood Service.

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Popular rapper Cassper Nyovest occupied the fifth spot and was awarded first place in the entertainment category. According to Avance Media, this is thanks to his uplifting story of dropping out of high school in North West and relocating to Johannesburg where he built his music empire and started the #FillUp series of music concerts.

Other names on the list worth noting are DJ Zinhle at position 8, TV personality Bonang Matheba (9), athlete Caster Semenya (10), rapper AKA (12), Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, musician Babes Wodumo (19) and cricketer Kagiso Rabada (31).

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Here are SA’s most influential young people

The votes are in and South Africa’s most influential young people have been named by Avance Media. So who are the young citizens who wield the most influence in South Africa?

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The top spot in the ranking went to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Dr Ndlozi, who recently earned his PhD, is known for his political charm and influence – resulting in him affectionately being referred to as the “People’s Bae” by some.

Economic Freedom Fighters’ national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi graduated with his PhD on Tuesday 5 December 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN


At number one, Ndlozi received more votes than famous young South Africans like Trevor Noah and Cassper Nyovest.

However, these public personalities also featured in the top 10 ranking.

According to Avance Media, the top 10 most influential young South Africans are:

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  1. Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (politican)
  2. Percy Tau (footballer)
  3. Nomzamo Mbatha (actress and model)
  4. Dr Sandile Kubheka (SA’s youngest doctor)
  5. Cassper Nyovest (musician)
  6. Trevor Noah (comedian)
  7. Mabutho Mthembu (philanthropist)
  8. DJ Zinhle (DJ)
  9. Bonang Matheba (TV personality)
  10. Caster Semenya (Olympic Gold medalist)

There is no shortage of inspiring inclusions in the list, which totals 100 young South Africans from a variety of industries including media, politics, business and science.

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Avance Media also named the top awardees in a variety of other categories.

See the winners of each category below:


Nontokozo Madonsela (MMI Holdings)


Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (Economic Freedom Fighters)


Dr Sandile Kubheka (Medical Doctor)

FILE: South African hip-hop musician Refiloe Phoolo, aka Cassper Nyovest. Picture: Radio 702.


Cassper Nyovest (Musician)


Trevor Noah (OAP)


Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe)


Mabutho Mthembu (Youth Managers Foundation)


Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng (Speaker)


Nomzamo Mbatha (Model)


Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns)

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Dr Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe, a postdoctoral fellow and researcher on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng, was announced as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by African Youth Awards on 4 September 2018.

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The annual prestigious list was launched in 2016 and is currently in its third year. It features young politicians, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, digital influencers, philanthropists and athletes across 10 categories who are blazing various trails and promoting the positive image of Africa across the globe.

Dr Saurombe made the list along with other influential young people from 26 countries in Africa, with South Africa leading the list with 20 honourees. Other notable South Africans include Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Casper Nyovest, Bonang Matheba, Mbali Ntuli, Nasty C and Percy Tau.

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Dr Saurombe was selected in the category of Personal Development and Academia. In 2017, at the age of 23, she was the youngest female PhD holder in Africa when she graduated with a PhD in industrial psychology from the NWU.

According to Prince Akpah, founding president of Africa Youth Awards, the current list features a record 90 new entrants and 43 females. He says this year’s honourees were listed for their individual and collective contributions towards positioning the image of Africa as frontrunners in their respective fields.

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“I was absolutely elated to learn that I had made the cut,” said Dr Saurombe. “I was completely overwhelmed, particularly after seeing the other names on the list and the astounding achievements and influence each person boasts. It is such an honour for me to be recognised alongside the crème de la crème.”

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