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Issa Rae, Kehinde Wiley, Tiffany Haddish and More Make TIME 100 List of Most Influential People

See the other African influencers who made the list.

This year's TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world has just been announced and some of course, some of or African artists, creatives and more made the prestigious list.

The publication noted how this year's list breaks new ground:

In other ways, the TIME 100, always a reflection of its moment, looks quite different than in the past. Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age. A record 45 people on this list are under 40.

The list is broken down into five sections including pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans. It features a diverse group of Africans in each category, ranging from Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who took office following the ousting of Robert Mugabe, to Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose profile is written by the indomitable Lupita Nyong'o to Kenyan anti-female genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng'ete.


The list includes a number of notable big names from a range of backgrounds. Black Panther made a big splash on the list with both Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler making the cut. Other notable mentions include Rihanna, Cardi B, Aunty Maxine Waters, Sterling K. Brown and the creator of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke.

Below are the African influencers from each category that made the coveted list. You can check out the complete list and read their full profiles on Time.com.

Pioneers:

Issa Rae


Tiffany Haddish

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete

Trevor Noah

Artists:

Kehinde Wiley

Leaders:

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa

Icons:

Virgil Abloh

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