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Eric Danquah, Naana Jane and eight other Ghanaians in 2023 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans

Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, a professor of plant genetics at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) in Legon, Accra, and the winner of the 2022 Africa Food Prize at the AGRF2022 Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, has been named in the 2023 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans.

The list by Reputation Poll International (RPI), a leading global reputation firm (, named nine other Ghanaians selected in the areas of governance, entertainment, human rights/advocacy, education and business.

The other Ghanaians include Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa, and Afua Kyei, the chief financial officer at the Bank of England.

Others are Dag Heward-Mills, the founder and bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International; Edward Enninful, OBE, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue; Ken Kwaku, the honorary consul of Ghana to Tanzania; and Kofi Tutu Agyare, managing partner at Nubuke Investments.

The remaining three are Lucy Quist, the managing director of Morgan Stanley Ghana, Samuel Esson Jonah, the chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, and Theresa Ayaode, the executive director of the Multiple Concepts Group.

The selection criteria were integrity, visibility and impact.

The 2023 line-up of Reputation Poll International’s 100 Most Reputable Africans

In addition to the individuals recognised in Reputation Poll International’s “100 Most Reputable Africans” list for various achievements, there are also those who are celebrated for their contribution to social impact and social entrepreneurship, helping to transform business in Africa and impacting lives positively without causing controversy.

Announcing the list, Beldina Auma, the co-chair of the 100 Most Reputable Africans review and audit committee, as well as chair emeritus of the World Bank Group-IMF African Society and president of SCIP-International, said the organisation was dedicated to recognising people, groups and businesses which continually improve lives in Africa and around the world.

Below is the list of the 100 Most Reputable people in Africa in alphabetical order of first name:

  1. Abdulrazak Gurnah (FRSL) || British author and professor of English
  2. Afua Kyei || Chief financial officer, Bank of England
  3. Agnes Matilda Kalibata || President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  4. Aisha Yesufu || Human rights advocate, Nigeria
  5. Amani Abou-Zeid || Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  6. Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril || Deputy executive director, UN Environment Programme
  7. Arunma Oteh || Economist and financial manager
  8. Basita Michael (Esq) || President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association
  9. Bibata Ganemtore Nabaloum || Head of the Association for Promotion of Women and Children (APFE), Burkina Faso
  10. Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim || Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, former president of Mauritius
  11. Birama Sidibé || Former vice-president, Islamic Development Bank
  12. Bolaji Akinremi (Ambassador) || Director of economy, trade and investment, ministry of foreign affairs, Nigeria
  13. Carol Bouwer || Chief executive officer, Carol Bouwer Productions
  14. Carolyn Steyn || Founder, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day
  15. Chantal Moussokoura Fanny || Senate vice-president, Côte d’Ivoire
  16. Clare Akamanzi || Chief executive officer, Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
  17. Conrad Mbewe (Pastor) || Author and pastor at Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia
  18. Cosmas Maduka || Founder and chairman of the Coscharis Group, Nigeria
  19. Coumba Dieng Sow || UN Food and Agriculture Organisation representative in Rwanda
  20. Dag Heward-Mills (Bishop) || Founder and bishop, Lighthouse Chapel International
  21. Danai Jekesai Gurira || Zimbabwean-American actress
  22. Dauda Lawal || Executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer of Credent Capital and Advisory Ltd, Nigeria
  23. David Olaniyi Oyedepo (Bishop) || Founder and general overseer at Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCW)
  24. Denis Mukwege || Founder, Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo
  25. Edi Mūe Gathegi || Kenyan-American actor
  26. Edward Kobina Enninful OBE || Editor-in-chief, British Vogue
  27. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (HE) || Former president of Liberia
  28. Enoch Adeboye (Pastor) || General overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  29. Eric Yirenkyi Danquah || Founding director, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana
  30. Fatoumatta Njai || ECOWAS representative, National Assembly Member (Banjul South), Gambia
  31. Fitsum Assefa Adela || Minister of state and leader, National Commission on Planning and Development, Ethiopia
  32. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan (HE, GCFR, GCON) || Former president of Nigeria
  33. Helena Ndume || Head of ophthalmology, Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia
  34. Jennifer Douglas || Founder and president, Gede Foundation, Nigeria
  35. Joaquim Alberto Chissano || Former president of Mozambique
  36. Jonathan Fonati Koffa || Deputy Speaker, Liberia
  37. Joseph-Achille Mbembe || Cameroonian author, philosopher and lecturer
  38. Joyce Msuya || Assistant secretary general for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief co-ordinator at the UN
  39. Judy Dlamini || Chancellor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  40. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (Alhaji, Dr) || Former director general of UNIDO
  41. Kanya King, CBE || Chief executive officer, Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards
  42. Ken Kwaku || Honorary consul of Ghana to Tanzania
  43. Kofi Tutu Agyare || Managing partner, Nubuke Investments
  44. Lazarus Chakwera || President of Malawi
  45. Leïla Slimani || French-Moroccan author and journalist
  46. Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi || 36th Kgosi (king) of the royal Bafokeng Nation, South Africa
  47. Leymah Gbowee || Liberian peace activist
  48. Lia Tadesse || Minister of health in Ethiopia
  49. Lindiwe Mazibuko || Executive director of Apolitical Academy, former leader of the opposition, South Africa
  50. Lucy Quist || Managing director, Morgan Stanley Ghana
  51. Lydia Heather Mudhari || Honorary consul for Zimbabwe in Scotland
  52. Mariéme Jamme || Philanthropist and businesswoman
  53. Maritza Peña Rosabal || Former minister of education in Cape Verde
  54. Martha Karua || Leader of the NARC-Kenya political party
  55. Martha K Koome (EGH) || Chief Justice of Kenya
  56. Martin Kimani || Kenyan diplomat
  57. Mike Jocktane || Founder of Ministères Christ Révélé aux Nations and presidential candidate for Gabon Nouveau party
  58. Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng || Former chief justice of South Africa
  59. Mohamed Moustapha Malick Fall || UNICEF regional director for East and Southern Africa
  60. Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei || Egyptian lawyer and diplomat
  61. Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim || Founder and chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  62. Monica Geingos || First Lady of Namibia
  63. Monique Ilboudo || Author and human rights advocate, Burkina Faso
  64. Mthuli Ncube || Finance minister of Zimbabwe
  65. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang || Chancellor, Women’s University in Africa
  66. Naguib Onsi Sawiris || Chief executive of Orascom Telecom Holding
  67. Nelson Makamo || Visual artist (South Africa)
  68. N’Gunu Tiny || Founder and chief executive, Emerald Group
  69. Nicholas F Oppenheimer || Businessman
  70. N J Ayuk || Author, founder and chief executive, Centurion Law Group
  71. Njoya Tikum || Manager, UNDP regional office for West and Central Africa
  72. Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita || Chief executive, Ichor Coal NV (Netherlands)
  73. Ogiame Atuwatse III || 21st Olu of Warri, Nigeria
  74. Olaniyi Olatunji Nelson || International development professional
  75. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge || Governor, Central Bank of Kenya
  76. Paul Enenche || Senior pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Centre
  77. Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa || Chief executive officer, Naspers South Africa
  78. Ronald Ozzy Lamola || Justice and correctional services minister, South Africa
  79. Rosalia Martins-Hausiku || Chief executive, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, Namibia
  80. Sadia Haji Samatar || Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Somalia
  81. Sahle-Work Zewde || President of Ethiopia
  82. Samuel Esson Jonah || Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  83. Sheila Dinotshe Tlou || Nurse and nursing educator, Botswana
  84. Soha Ali || Head of financial institutions group (Egypt and Africa), JPMorgan Chase
  85. Tembeka Nicholas Ngcukaitobi || South African author, lawyer, political activist
  86. Thebe Ikalafeng || Founder and chief executive of Africa Brand Leadership Academy
  87. Theresa Ayoade || Executive director of Multiple Concepts Group, Ghana
  88. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande || Permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
  89. Tuma Adama Gento-Kamara || Chair, National Revenue Authority, Sierra Leone
  90. Victoire Sidémého Dzidudu Dogbé Tomegah || Prime minister of Togo
  91. Victor Ochen || Founder and executive director, African Youth Initiative Network
  92. Wally Adeyemo || Deputy secretary, US treasury department
  93. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg || Executive director at Rise youth leadership project (Schmidt Futures and Rhodes Trust)
  94. Wided Bouchamaoui || Former leader, Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts
  95. Wilfried Mbappé || Cameroonian football coach and agent
  96. William Folorunso Kumuyi || General overseer, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Nigeria
  97. William K Ruto || President of Kenya
  98. Winnie Byanyima || Under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director, UNAIDS
  99. Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo || Foreign affairs minister, Ethiopia
  100. Zeinab Badawi || British journalist and television presenter

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