Kagwe, Amina and Oparanya featured in list of 2020 Most Reputable Africans

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe gives the daily updates on the Coronavirus (Covid - 19) pandemic cases in the country after touring the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council offices in Nairobi. July 29,2020. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed are some of the Kenyans who have made it to 2020 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans.

Global award-winner teacher Peter Tabichi from Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School and lawyer Prof Patrick Lumumba have also made it to the list helping Kenya to claim five spots.

The five are among the 47 African women and 53 African men who were picked based on their contributions in the various fields such as governance, business and leadership in 2020.

According to Reputation Poll International, the reputation-management body which handles the nomination process; individuals are selected based on their score on three core values, namely; integrity, visibility and impact. The nominees are from sectors such as Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education and Business.

“Very prominent personalities featured in the list include: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; Nigeria’s Dr Paul Enenche, South Africa’s Prof. Wiseman L. Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and Chairman of Rothschild (SA); Guinean Economist Cellou Dalein Diallo, and Cameroon’s Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,” Reputation Poll International notes on its website.

The body states that two African presidents, a vice president and some policymakers were selected based on their impressive scores on governance.

On a business perspective, South Africa’s Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu and Nigeria’s Folorunso Alakija were picked for their contributions globally.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Sierra Leone’s Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and Ghana’s former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang also made it on the list for making an impact on leadership.

However, the Reputation Poll International did not go deeper to account for the selection of five Kenyans.

CS Kagwe on April 4, 2020, hit the international headlines when American media outlet Wall Street Journal hailed his management of the coronavirus interventions. This was just days after the first case was noted in Kenya on March 13.

"Kenya's unlikely coronavirus hero is Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe,” Sam Walker who authored the article published by the Wall Street Journal partly wrote.

Governor Oparanya, who chairs the Council of Governors has also been at the forefront in crafting and reviewing coronavirus health safety protocols. Oparanya and Kagwe have worked closely to lead the Covid-19 Emergency Response team to upscale country’s preparedness for the disease.

Sports, Culture and Heritage CS Amina Mohamed addressing a press conference on the launch of work for pay Sh100 million Artists Stimulus package at Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi on May 11, 2020. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

CS Amina, on the other hand, has been the topic of discourse after she was nominated to vie for the top job at the World Trade Organisation.

Amina who has been touted as one of the favourites faces five other candidates from Egypt, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea in the race for the job. Prof PLO Lumumba has also cut a niche as an expert in governance and legal affairs.

Science teacher and Franciscan friar at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School Peter Tabich was feted as the World’s Best Teacher with prize money of Sh100 million last year. Tabichi was honoured for his sacrifice and contribution to education as a teacher.

Below are the nominees to the list of 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2020.

  1. Abdessattar Ben Moussa || President, Tunisian Human Rights League
  2. Abiy Ahmed || Prime Minister, Ethiopia
  3. Acha Leke || Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  4. Achille Mbembe || Political Scientist
  5. Adama Gorou (Adams) || Human Potential Catalyst
  6. Agnes Kalibata || President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  7. Akinwumi Adesina Dr. || President, African Development Bank
  8. Amadou Diaw || Founder, Forum de Saint Louis
  9. Amadou Gallo Fall || President, Basketball Africa League
  10. Amadou Mahtar Ba || Executive Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media Inc.
  11. Amani Abou-Zeid || Commissioner, African Union Commission
  12. Amina C. Mohamed || Cabinet Secretary, Kenya
  13. Angélique Kidjo || Musician
  14. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka || Member of Parliament, Tanzania
  15. Anne Makinda || Politician
  16. Anthony Navo Jnr || Founder, African Young Voices
  17. Arikana Chihombori Quao.Dr || Educator, Policy Leader
  18. Asha-Rose Migiro || Diplomat
  19. Ashish Thakkar || Founder Mara Group
  20. Basetsana “Bassie” Kumalo || Businesswoman.
  21. Belay Begashaw || DG, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa
  22. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || Entrepreneur
  23. Bineta Diop || Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarité Senegal
  24. Carlos Lopes || Economist
  25. Caster Semenya || Olympic Athlete
  26. Catherine Adoyo Prof. || Professor, George Washington University
  27. Cellou Dalien Diallo || Economist and Politician
  28. Collen Mashawana || Philanthropist
  29. Denis Mukwege || Founder, Panzi Hospital
  30. Divine Ndhlukula || Managing Director, SECURICO
  31. Donald Kaberuka || Board Chair, Global Fund
  32. Edith Brou || Digital Entrepreneur
  33. Ellinah Wamukoya (Bishop) || Clergy
  34. Elsie S. Kanza || Head of Africa, World Economic Forum
  35. Emma Inamutila Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia
  36. Enenche Paul Dr || Senior Pastor, Dunamis Int’l Gospel Centre
  37. Fadumo Dayib || Politician
  38. Fatou Bensouda || Prosecutor, ICC
  39. Félix Tshisekedi || President, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  40. Femi Otedola || Chair, Forte Oil PLC
  41. Folorunso Alakija || Businesswoman and philanthropist
  42. Francis Arinze (Cardinal) || Cardinal, Roman Catholic Church
  43. Fred Swaniker || Founder, African Leadership Academy, Ghana
  44. Georges Rebelo Chikoti || Diplomat
  45. Hafez Ghanem || Vice President, World Bank
  46. Hajer Sharief || Co-Founder, Together we build it, Libya
  47. Hamadoun Touré || Executive Director, SMART Africa
  48. Hanna Tetteh || Head, United Nations Office to the African Union
  49. Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki || CEO, NEPAD
  50. Ilwad Elman || Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center
  51. Isatou Alwar Graham || Lawyer and writer
  52. Ishaq Usman Bello (Justice) || Chief Judge FCT Abuja
  53. Jackie Chimhanzi. Dr || CEO, African Leadership Institute
  54. James Alix Michel || Former President of Seychelles
  55. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Prof) || Former Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast
  56. Jelani Aliyu || Automotive Designer, General Motors
  57. Jewel C. Howard Taylor.H.E || Vice President, Liberia
  58. Johannes Gawaxab || Governor, Bank of Namibia
  59. José Eduardo Agualusa || Journalist and writer
  60. Kabirou Mbodje || Founder, Wari Group
  61. Ken Kwaku .Dr || International Investment & Corporate Governance Expert
  62. Kumi Naidoo || Secretary-General  Amnesty International
  63. Kwesi Botchwey Prof. || Former Minister of Finance Ghana and Professor,
  64. Lamin Momodou Manneh || Lead, Regional Hub UNDP Africa
  65. Leymah Gbowee || Founder, Gbowee Peace Foundation
  66. Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary-General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
  67. Lwazi Bam || CEO, Deloitte Africa
  68. Macsuzy Mondon || Minister, Seychelles
  69. Major Seynabou Diouf || Police United Nation
  70. Manasseh Azure Awuni || Journalist
  71. Margaret Blick Kigozi Prof || Consultant, UNIDO
  72. Maria do Carmo Silveira || Former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe’s
  73. Mariéme Jamme || Founder, iamtheCODE
  74. Matshidiso Moeti .Dr || Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO)
  75. Mensa Otabil || Theologian
  76. Mia Couto || Biologist and writer
  77. Michelle Ndiaye || Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies
  78. Mohamed El Kettani || CEO Attijariwafa Bank
  79. Mohamed ElBaradei || Law scholar and diplomat who served as Vice-President of Egypt
  80. Mutahi Kagwe || Cabinet Secretary for Health, Republic of Kenya
  81. Ngozi Okonjoi-Iweala. Dr || Board Chair, Gazi, Nigeria
  82. Nhlamu Dlomu || Global Head of People, KPMG
  83. Nobuhle Judith Dlamini Nxasana Dr. || Businesswoman and Author
  84. Patrick Awuah || Founder, Ashesi University
  85. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba || Director, Kenya School of Law
  86. Paul Kagame H.E || President Rwanda
  87. Peter Tabichi || Teacher
  88. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka || Executive Director, UN Women
  89. Precious Moloi-Motsepe Dr. || Entrepreneur
  90. Shamila Batohi || Director, National Prosecuting Authority
  91. Sheila Tlou || Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition
  92. Tony Ojobo || Public policy expert
  93. Vera Songwe. Dr || UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNECA,
  94. Vincent Rague || Co-founder of Catalyst Principal Partners,
  95. Wided Bouchamaoui || Co-Founder, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet,
  96. Winnie Byanyima || Director UNAIDS,
  97. Wiseman L. Nkuhlu Prof || Chancellor, University of Pretoria
  98. Wycliffe A. Oparanya || Politician
  99. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE || Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  100. Zweli Mkhize Dr. || Minister, South Africa