"Global Influencers: Burna Boy, Siya Kolisi, and Ruto Make Time's Prestigious List"

Afrobeats sensation Burna Boy, Kenya’s President William Ruto, and South Africa’s rugby captain Siya Kolisi stand at the forefront of Africans recognized by Time magazine among the globe’s most influential figures.

Burna Boy earns his place in the icons category, a tribute to those who have indelibly marked their respective fields. Grammy-winning French-Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo hails the Nigerian artist as “history in the making.”

Siya Kolisi’s leadership garners recognition for its blend of wisdom and humility. South African comedian Trevor Noah lauds Kolisi for providing “hope during a time in which many South Africans find it hard to hold on to any,” particularly after leading his country to a triumphant Rugby World Cup victory last year.

President William Ruto is acknowledged for spearheading Africa’s climate action. However, Time journalist Justin Worland underscores the necessity for Ruto to address the myriad challenges facing his nation.

Ugandan LGBTQ+ advocate Frank Mugisha secures his spot for bravely challenging his country’s stringent anti-gay legislation, implemented just last year.

Julienne Lusenge, a tireless human rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, receives acclaim for her relentless efforts in combating sexual and gender-based violence while championing women’s political participation.

Time also shines a light on Kennedy Odede, a social entrepreneur dedicated to tackling issues of poverty and education in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum.

The annual Time 100 list serves as a beacon, spotlighting individuals whose actions have shaped the global landscape over the past year.

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