Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga is among Kenyans who’ve been listed on the list of 100 most Influential Africans in 2017 compiled by the New African Magazine.
Maraga has been listed among Africa’s most influential in the Politics and Public Service category, which also includes Sophia Abdi Noor, Ijara MP, who made history by becoming the first woman in North Eastern to be elected to Parliament after she won the seat in the August general elections.
The CJ will be remembered for the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court, which by a majority vote nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in the August elections on grounds of illegalities, which they said undermined the integrity of the elections.
Nutritionist and Africa Food Prize Winner Prof. Ruth Oniang’o were among 100 most influential Africans in the Politics and Public Service category.
New magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans is spread over eight categories namely; Politics and Public Service; business and finance; civil society and activism, education; science; technology and innovation; media; arts and culture; sport.
Other Kenyans named on the list of Africa’s Most Influential In Business include;
Centum investment CEO James Mworia (Business and Finance), Yvonne Mburu – co-founder of Med in Africa, Julie Gichuru – TV Host (Media) Elijah Manangoi 1500meters world champion(sports), Hellen Obiri, 5000m World Champion and Faith Kipyegon.
Surprisingly, Kenya did not produce any personality in the category of civil society and activism even with a vibrant advocacy by people like activists Boniface Mwangi and Okiah Omtatah.
In the category of Science, Tech & Innovation even as the country prides in being referred to as the “silicon savannah” we only produced one person in the category and none in the academia category.