Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker has been named in Time100 list of the most influential people of 2019 and he is among the 5 other Africans who were lucky to feature in the magazine.
The other four are Cyril Ramaphosa- South African President, Abiy Ahmed- Ethiopian Prime minister.
Mohammed Salah- an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liverpool and the Egypt national team, and caster Semenya- South African Olympic track-and-field champion.
Swaniker, 43, was profiled by telecoms entrepreneur and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Mo Ibrahim in the pioneers’ section of the list released on Wednesday.
Swaniker has been described as the Africa’s committed young leaders who understands the challenges facing Africa. Here is how Times 100 puts it
Africa’s greatest asset is also its defining challenge—its growing population of young people. With 60% of its population under 25, Africa is the world’s youngest continent. By 2100, almost half of the world’s youth are expected to be from Africa. Harnessing that is no small undertaking. But it is one that my friend Fred Swaniker committed to early, to become one of Africa’s foremost leaders. Reads the Times Magazine
Fred understood that the key to success was not about leading the youth along a preordained path, but about allowing them to become authors of their own stories. That is what has inspired his educational initiatives: the African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network and African Leadership University. Together, they hope to educate 3 million leaders of tomorrow.
Fred has the passion, understanding and ability to take this great continent forward, through its young people. I am filled with hope knowing that he is there to help the next generation of African leaders to blossom.
Its an honor to see young people shining and getting global recognition for the good.