Burna Boy, President Ruto, and Siya Kolisi Named Among Time Magazine’s Most Influential People

Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy, Kenyan President William Ruto, and South African rugby captain Siya Kolisi have earned spots on Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential individuals.

Burna Boy was recognized in the icons category for his groundbreaking contributions to the music industry, with Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo hailing him as a pivotal figure in music history.

Kolisi’s exceptional leadership, particularly during South Africa’s Rugby World Cup win, earned him praise for inspiring his nation, as comedian Trevor Noah emphasized.

President Ruto was acknowledged for his leadership in driving Africa’s climate action, though Time journalist Justin Worland highlighted the internal challenges that still need addressing in his country.

Ugandan LGBTQ+ advocate Frank Mugisha was honored for his bravery in opposing his nation’s harsh anti-gay legislation.

Julienne Lusenge, a human rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was recognized for her relentless fight against sexual and gender-based violence and her advocacy for women’s political involvement.

Time also highlighted Kennedy Odede, a social entrepreneur working to address poverty and educational disparities in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera.

The annual Time 100 list celebrates individuals who have made substantial contributions to shaping the world over the past year.

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