Leadership: Who Is A Leader? Who Are The Most Influential African Leaders?

Africa has continually produced great and influential leaders. Many are gone, but their legacy and memories of their noble and outstanding acts still live on. However, a lot of these great men and women of African descent are still here with us waxing strong in their various public positions.

Being a leader involves making sound — and sometimes difficult — decisions, creating and articulating a clear vision, establishing achievable goals and providing followers with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve those goals. Leaders are found and required in most aspects of society, from business to politics to region to community-based organizations.

These heroes and heroines (or villains) have in one way or the other lent Africa greater prominence through their various remarkable moves and achievements which have in one way or the other moved Africa forwards or backwards. But never mind, a greater number of them are worthy of commendation as their heroic acts promoted Africa’s well-being in tremendous ways.

  • Abdel Fattah El-Sisi – Egyptian President.
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Former Liberian President.
  • Kofi Atta Annan – Ghanaian Diplomat.
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Former Minister of Finance, Nigeria.
  • Uhuru Kenyatta – Kenyan President.
  • Obiageli Ezekwesili – Nigerian Women Activist.
  • Idriss Deby – Chadian Politician.
  • Salva Kiir – South Sudanese President.
  • Desmond Tutu – South African Social Rights Activist.
  • Julius Malema – South African Politician.
  • Yoweri Museveni – Ugandan President.

According to John Maxwell, you do not necessarily have to be at the top of the chain to be influential in any sphere of life you find yourself. Majority of the inclusions on my list are not at the highest positions but from their little corner they grew their influence to spew all over their reach and subsequent reaches too.

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