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
3. Keegan Michael Key
Actor and Comedian
4. 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
5. 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
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 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 is a center for the Brooklyn Nets and is the NBA’s first, active, openly gay athlete.
9. 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
British film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist who won an Academy Award for his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, .
11. 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 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
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
Kenyan Author, journalist & winner of the Caine Prize for African
15. Ertharin Cousin
She is the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
16. 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
Actor & Comedian
18. 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
She is a globally renowned Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria.
20. Imama qumar Layama
Is the president of the Central African Islamic Community.