Musicians, playwrights, and even Human Rights Activists have been able to leave marks, not only in their birth places, but worldwide. In a bid to combat corruption, poverty, and other social ills, they have caught the attention of Big Brother, who’s constantly watching from a distance the effects of their efforts. Here is a list of the Top ten most powerful celebrities from Africa:
10. Femi Kuti, Nigeria
Femi is the eldest son of the legendary Fela Kuti who was labeled as the ‘King of Rock n’ Roll in Africa’. At 49 years of age, this Nigerian musician has been able to keep his father’s spirit alive through his energetic Afrobeat music. He has toured the world performing his music and has done numerous collaborations with other international artists like Common and Mos def (both from the US). His album, Fight to WIN
9. Oumou Sangare, Mali
Sangare, 43, is one of the few living legends in Mali. She was successful in popularizing a traditional style of music, known as Wassolou, and giving it a more urban feel. Her lyrics are usually deep, dwelling on the fight for human rights, especially the marginalized in the society like the women. She is an entrepreneur and also an ambassador of UN dealing with food & agriculture in the West African country.