1. Beyonce

Beyonce

Beyonce is a singer, actor and philanthropist who’s cultural impact landed her the coveted number one spot on the list.

2. President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

3. Keegan Michael Key

Keegan Michael Key

Actor and Comedian

4. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Sherman is a football cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks of the
National Football League and according to Time, he’s smart,
well-spoken, funny and a big reason why Seattle is the defending Super
Bowl champions.

5. Eric Holder Jr.

Eric Holder Jr.

is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.

6. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

In 2013, she gained wide public recognition for her role as Olivia Poope and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe

7. Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis and is the only female player to have won over $50 million in prize money.

8. Jason Collins

Jason Collins

Jason is a center for the Brooklyn Nets and is the NBA’s first, active, openly gay athlete.

9. Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell is a singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and fashion designer. This past year he’s won over the world with his hit, “Happy”, written for the animated film, ‘Despicable Me 2’.

10. Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

British film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist who won an Academy Award for his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, .

11. Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

Dangote is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 23rd richest person in the
world and the richest man in Africa

12. Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela

Thuli is a human rights lawyer, equality expert, and Public Protector of
South Africa. She was one of 11 technical experts who helped in the
drafting of the final constitution of South Africa in 1994-5.

13. Sister Rosemary Nyriumbe

Sister Rosemary Nyriumbe

She has made it her mission to provide within an orphanage a home, a
shelter for women and girls whose lives have been shattered by violence,
rape and sexual exploitation.

14. Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

Kenyan Author, journalist & winner of the Caine Prize for African
Writing.

15. Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousin

She is the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.

16. Archbishop Nzapalainga

Archbishop Nzapalainga

He is the President of the Evangelical Alliance of the Central African Republic, represents the Protestant community (52% of the population).

17. Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

Actor & Comedian

18. Ory Okolloh

Ory Okolloh

Okolloh is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and blogger. She currently holds the position of Director of Investments at Omidyar Network.

19. Ngozi Okonjo

Ngozi Okonjo

She is a globally renowned Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria.

20. Imama qumar Layama

Imama qumar Layama

Is the president of the Central African Islamic Community.