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.
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.
Abdessattar Ben Moussa || President, Tunisian Human Rights League
Abiy Ahmed || Prime Minister, Ethiopia
Acha Leke || Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Achille Mbembe || Political Scientist
Adama Gorou (Adams) || Human Potential Catalyst
Agnes Kalibata || President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Akinwumi Adesina Dr. || President, African Development Bank
Amadou Diaw || Founder, Forum de Saint Louis
Amadou Gallo Fall || President, Basketball Africa League
Amadou Mahtar Ba || Executive Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media Inc.
Amani Abou-Zeid || Commissioner, African Union Commission
Amina C. Mohamed || Cabinet Secretary, Kenya
Angélique Kidjo || Musician
Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka || Member of Parliament, Tanzania