By Chris Kiwawulo

KAMPALA, Nov 27– President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has been named among the four most influential heads of state or government in Africa, according to the latest list of the most influential Africans of 2014 published by the New African magazine.

Museveni is named together with Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Chad’s Idriss Déby. “All have featured prominently in 2014 with the latter two (Museveni and Déby) playing important roles mediating regional conflicts,” the magazine said in a statement received here Wednesday.

The New African has provided insights and analysis on African politics and economics over the past 45 years.

“This year’s listing is not dominated by men with more than 40 women featuring in the list. South Africa and Nigeria dominate the listing with 33 and 27 entries respectively. There are four African heads of state,” the statement said.

The magazine acknowledged Obiageli Ezekwesili for her activism after more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

Listed by New African for her influence in civil society and activism, Ezekwesili, one of the founders of Transparency International, used her voice to speak up for those who could not, as she demanded “#BringbackOurGirls”.

The magazine noted that slowly but surely, this message went viral and the world began to listen.

Another person who made it to the list was Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, who set fashion blogs on fire and left film critics in awe, as she gracefully carried the beauty of Africa to the global stage. Celebrated by New African for winning an Oscar for her role in ’12 Years a Slave’, the academy award winner was also appointed ambassador for Lancôme cosmetics and named as Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year.

Also on the list is Nigerian business magnate Aliko Dangote and Donald Kaberuka, a Rwandan economist who also heads the African Development Bank as well as Carlos Lopes of the Economic Commission for Africa.


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