Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) honorees

Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) May 26, 2017
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Alek Wek is a South Sudanese-British model and designer who began her fashion career at the age of 18 in 1995. MIPAD
Nigerian Imeime Umana is the first black woman to serve as President of the Harvard Law Review. MIPAD
Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer of Nigerian descent. MIPAD
Akon Thiam is a singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor of Senegalese descent. MIPAD
Bunmi Akinyemiju is the CEO, Venture Garden Group, Nigeria MIPAD
Didier Drogba is a former Chelsea football club player and is one of the most decorated Ivorian footballers. MIPAD
Bozoma Saint John is an marketing executive at Apple Music. She was born in Ghana and moved to the US as a teenager. MIPAD
James Mworia is a Kenyan lawyer, accountant, and business executive. He is the managing director and CEO of Centum Investments. MIPAD
Jidenna is a Nigerian recording artist and producer. MIPAD
Kierman Jarryd Forbes popularly known as AKA, is a South African hiphop recording artist and record producer. MIPAD
Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress. She earned her first Academy Award for her featured film debut in 12 Years a Slave, where she became the first Kenyan actress to win the award. MIPAD
Robyn Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress.

See the full list of honorees.