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 and four Ugandans made it to the list.
WHO ARE THEY?
Robert K Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine
The 36-year old musician-turned politician has become the face of Ugandan opposition under his movement called People Power after being elected Kyadondo East member of parliament. Last month he was arrested in the Northern District of Uganda Arua where he had gone to campaign for Kassiano Wadri who was vying for Arua Member of Parliament seat in a by-election . His arrest and torture led to outcries from people all over the world calling for his release. He was charged with treason but later released on bail. It’s alleged he was tortured though government denies the claims. Bobi Wine is currently in the US for medical treatment.
The youthful 29-year old is the brains behind Reach A Hand Uganda a None governmental organization that advocates for sexual reproductive health services for Ugandans especially the youths. He is also currently championing The Young Achiever’s Awards an annual event that seeks to recognize and celebrate outstanding youth in the Ugandan Community that have excelled in various realms such as the Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation, Sports among others.
Kevin Lubega is the founder of Ezee Money digital money transfer platform. Ezee Money was born in 2012 and has expanded to countries like Malaysia. It offers pay bills, collections, points of sale, money transfers and other e-money services to banks, non-bank corporations, government and NGOs. Kevin Lubega was named in the 2018 Forbes Africa 30 most promising young entrepreneurs under 30 list
Brian Mutebi is a features writer & the Executive Director of Education and Development Opportunity, a charity organization in Uganda that aims at transforming the lives of people through education. He is also an award-winning journalist and girls’ rights campaigner featured on Women Deliver’s global “15 Journalists, 15 Voices for Girls and Women” list. He was also named “Commonwealth Young Achiever” by the Commonwealth Youth Council UK, and described by Women & Girls Hub as “one of Africa’s leading women rights crusaders” for his extensive writing and advocacy for girls’ and women’s rights.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS.
Speaking about the publication, Prince Akpah, founding President of Africa Youth Awards, curators of the list noted; the current list features a record 90 new entrants and 43 females. According to him, this year’s honorees were listed for their individual and collective contributions towards positioning the image of Africa as frontrunners in their respective fields. He also urged other young Africans to emulate the footstep of the listed individuals and join them to make Africa a better and safer place for young dreamers.
Notable among the 2018 honorees who join Uganda’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) are Togo’s Farida Bemba Nabourema, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Nigeria’s Davido, Guinea’s ABD Traore, Kenya’s Xtian Dela, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and Tanzania’s Alikiba.
Youngest duos on the list include Musician Nasty C from South Africa and Nigeria’s Social Entrepreneur, Wadi Ben-Hirki at 21 years.
Compiled by Maureen Guma.