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Forbes releases “40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa” list
Forbes releases “40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa” list
October 17, 2011 |


Forbes Magazine recently released 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list. In the top 10 alone, there are no less than seven musicians from around the continent who made the list. They include the ‘Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lonely singer Akon and Naija’s Femi Kuti. The highest ranking musician on the list is Senegalese musician Yousso N’Dour, who made it all the way to number two.

Check out the full list below:

1. Chinua Achebe: Nigerian, (Novelist)
2. Youssou N’dour: Senegalese, (Musician)
3. Didier Drogba: Ivorian, (Soccer Player)
4. Angelique Kidjo: Beninoise, (Musician)
5. Akon: Senegalese, (Musician)
6. Wole Soyinka: (Nigerian)
7. Salif Keita: Malian, (Musician)
8. Yvonne Chaka Chaka: South African, (Musician)
9. Oumou Sangare: Malian, (Musician)
10. Femi Kuti: Nigerian, (Musician)

11. Toumani Diabaté: Malian, (Musician)
12. Oliver Mtukudzi: Zimbabwean, (Musician)
13. Haile Gebrselassie: Ethiopian, (Athlete)
14. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim: Algerian, (Musician)
15. Samuel Eto’o: Cameroonian, (Soccer Player)
16. Alek Wek: Sudanese, (Supermodel)
17. Liya Kebede: Ethiopian, (Supermodel)
18. Dobet Gnahoré: Ivorian, (Musician)
19. Genevieve Nnaji: Nigerian, (Actress)
20. Koffi Olomidé: Congolese, (Musician)

21. Neill Blomkamp: South African, (Movie Director)
22. Souad Massi: Algerian, (Musician)
23. Baaba Maal: Senegalese, (Musician)
24. Hugh Masekela: South African, (Musician)
25. K’Naan: Somali, (Rapper)
26. Amadou and Mariam: Malian, (Musicians)
27. Awilo Longomba: Congolese, (Musician)
28. Eric Wainaina: Kenyan, (Musician)
29. Binyavanga Wainaina: Kenyan, (Author)
30. Ngugi Wa Thiongo: Kenyan, Author

31. Freshlyground: South African, (Musicians)
32. Chimamanda Adichie: Nigerian, (Writer)
33. Rokia Traoré: Malian, (Musician)
34. Tuface Idibia: Nigerian, (Musician)
35. P-Square: Nigerian, (Musicians)
36. Don Jazzy: Nigerian, (Music Producer)
37. D’Banj: Nigerian, (Musician)
38. Neka: Nigerian, (Musician)
39. Asa: Nigerian, (Musician)
40. Patricia Amira: Kenyan, (TV Personality).