Sophia Bekele, Founder of CBS International is one of the most influential people in Africa. She wants to promote the brand "Africa". She is a "generational thinker," who wants Africa to have a united identity, so that they can impact the world.

Read more about her inspirational vision and support the vision.


Film-maker Frank Weston's words:

"Nine strategic minerals feed Europe, America and China, and we own it"

By "we" he means Africa. This is the time for Africa to realize its potential, and set a trend of economic growth.

Africans should realize they have the resources to achieve greatness. The world economy would struggle with out Africa.

The video below is very enlightening.


Michael Jackson was one of the most influential people, when it came to giving Africa a hand. A great person with a character of generosity.

Michael Jackson was involved in one of the biggest people-to-people humanitarian projects focusing on Africa.

"We are the World" was a song spearheaded by Michael Jackson, and other artists collaborated, like Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Bob Geldof, and many more. The song was written by Lionel Richie and Micheal Jackson.

Awarded numerous honors—including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award and a People's Choice Award—the song was promoted with a critically received music video, a home video, a special edition magazine, a simulcast, and several books, posters and shirts.

The promotion and merchandise aided the success of "We Are the World" and raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.

Michael Jackson being recognized for his great deeds in Ethiopia

We are the world


When one mentions influential people aiding Africa, Bono is at the tip of the tongue.Bono uses ONE to assist in unveiling the hidden potential of Africa. Bono loves Africa

Read about Bono helping in unveiling the hidden potential of Africa.


When talking about influential people in the African continent,Former President George Bush, is very fitting. He had his critics, but also had a good heart. Below is a breakdown of how Mr Bush helped Africa immensely.

In the last year of Bill Clinton's presidency, America's direct bilateral assistance to Africa was only Pounds 700 million. Mr Bush quadrupled this sum during his reign.

Combating Aids once played virtually no part in America's development policies. Mr Bush established the biggest fund ever devoted to fighting an epidemic.

Mr Bush's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, funded to the tune of Pounds 7.5 billion, is paying for hundreds of thousands of Africans to receive the life-saving drugs which hold Aids at bay.

Mr Bush has also made America the biggest single donor to the Global Fund for Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, contributing one third of its Pounds 5 billion.

No other leader has given as much money to the World Food Program as Mr Bush. America now provides about half of all the emergency food aid distributed across the globe.

George Bush dancing to an African tune


One of the most influential people in the world, President Obama, encourages the young African leaders to take charge and resolve the problems in Africa. He is open to helping Africa, if he believes there are favorable ideas that can move the continent forward. Furthermore, Michelle Obama also encourages the young women of Africa to realize their talents and make a difference in Africa. Below are speeches of the Obama's addressing Africa.

Obama's first speech in Africa, location, Accra, Ghana

USA's interests in Africa


Another person who falls in the category of influential people, was the great Kwame Nkrumah.He emphasized about having the United States of Africa. Kwame Nkrumah had a dream that all African Nations should be united. This was a wonderful idea, because with unity African countries can sustain each other, and combine arms to enhance development. The EU took up the idea and they are slowly reaping dividends. Below is his speech.

Kwame Nkrumah talks about the United States of Africa


When one thinks of the most influential people known to man, the name Nelson Mandela comes to mind. A charismatic leader who embraced unity and equality amongst man. Every great leader should be like Mandela, and Africa which is in dire need for great leaders should follow his example, in order to start unveiling the hidden treasures. Below are some of the great speeches by Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela's speech after being released from prison

Nelson Mandela's inauguration speech

My favorite quote from the speech, "None of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a United people for national reconciliation. For nation building. For the birth of a new world."

Nelson Mandela is a symbol of unity in South Africa. After the ill period of discrimination, the country united and the economy begun to blossom. With out unity, Africa cannot realize it's hidden potential.

South Africa has come a long way, and its hosting of the 2010 World Cup was first class. An indicator of a bright future.

These influential people have a role in developing Africa, read about development in Africa

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