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Africa is full of heroes who have made significant achievements and a huge impact not just in their countries or on the continent, but on the rest of the world. Find out who some of them are right here or add your entry.

The ‘Princess of Africa’

One of Africa’s most illustrious musicians. Debuted on the stage at the age of 18; rose to fame at the height of South Africa’s Apartheid regime with infectious pop melodies, sonorous voice and girlish charm. She gained local and international acclaim with popular songs like "I’m in Love with a DJ" and “I cry for freedom.” Now devotes her time to philanthropy as a United Nations Goodwill ambassador and UN envoy for Africa.

Source: Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa


Salif Keita

A direct descendant of Sundiata Keita, the founder of the Mali Empire, Salif is one of the pioneers of Afro-pop. As a member of a Malian Noble family, Keita was famously rebuked when he set out to become a musician as it was considered an occupation beneath his status. At 18, he was banished from his village because of a superstitious belief that albinos brought ill fortune. He went on to play for Les Ambassadeurs, a Malian music group before striking out on his own. Success has been phenomenal. His album, La Différence is dedicated to ending the stigmatization of albinos across Africa and the world.

Source: Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa


Divine Ndhlukula

Founder and Managing Director of SECURICO, one of Zimbabwe’s largest security companies. SECURICO is a market leader in guarding services and innovative electronic security solutions. She employs over  3400 people and makes millions in revenues. The company was also the first security company in Zimbabwe to achieve an International Organisation for Standardisation certificate. The company won the Legatum Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship in 2011 and 11 more national awards since its existence. What’s even more remarkable about her accomplishments is that she succeeded in a male dominated industry in a time when Zimbabwe was it its worst economically and politically.


Oliver Mtukudzi

Mtukudzi, 59, is the most popular musician from Zimbabwe to have found substantial success and acclaim in international circles. He sings in Zimbabwe’s dominant Shona language about political violence and struggles of everyday life and has released over 45 albums till date which have sold millions of copies. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa.


Oumou Sangare

One of Mali’s most idolized musical legends, Sangare popularized Wassoulou, a popular genre of traditional music peculiar to Mali. Wassoulou is typically performed by women accompanied by traditional instruments like the Djembe drum and the Kora (a traditional African harp). Lyrics dwell on women right issues and feminism. Sangare, a United Nations Goodwill ambassador has been vocal in her advocacy against Polygamy; was named an official ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2003. Also a successful entrepreneur: In 2006 she partnered with a Chinese automobile company to create a car named after her, Oum Sang.

Source: Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa


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