This article is going to explore some of African’s best figures and their impact on the continent as a whole. There are some personalities, though natively Africans, are more relatable to being Americans and/or other nationals. An example is Elon Musk who is said to be originally South African or Barack Obama whose roots have been traced to Kenya. These cases are not going to be covered in this article. This article sheds more light on 100% africans.
The very first African figure the article is touching on is the famous Aliko Dangote who is known to be the richest black man in the world. He is primarily into the production of cement and he is actually the largest producer of cement for the continent. He also happens to own shares in sugar and salt manufacturing companies. Some impactful things he has done include donating $150 million dollars to halt the spread of Ebola in Nigeria. He is known to have donated $500,000 to the fight against Covid-19 in Nigeria.
The second African figure is Trevor Noah. This mention is quite interesting because this personality is known to be a comedian. Comedians in general are not taken seriously in the circles of politics and other important areas for obvious reasons. However, Trevor Noah has quite the rare gift of balancing the serious issues of the world with comedy. So while seriously addressing the issues, he is able to engage his audience with his flair for comedy. His recent book, “Born a Crime” mainly touches on the issue of Apartied in South Africa, which brought a great divide between the whites and blacks of South Africa.
Lastly, one person of interest when it comes to Africa’s best figures is a young man, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, who is just 30 years of age. He gave his first TED talk while a teenager and is known to have started quite a number of organizations in Africa. Some of the notable ones include Andela, which is one of the largest tech talent recruitment agencies in Africa, and Flutterwave. Flutterwave, a payment platform, was able to receive about $24 million from Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Flutterwave is said to have processed more than $2 billion a year. Currently, his mission is to connect investors and philanthropists to “missionary entrepreneurs” in Africa. (A. Culliford, 2019).
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