Uganda has scooped fives slots in this year’s the 100 Most Influential Young Africans list.
The list is compiled annually by Leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media and Africa Youth Awards.
It is curated to recognise young Africans for their outstanding contributions towards the development of Africa in a diverse range of fields.
Among the Ugandans that made the list this year is NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi, who incidentally was nominated today to run for President of Uganda.
BBC journalist Nancy Kacungira, who left NTV to join the global broadcaster also made the list.
She has presented on BBC’s Focus on Africa as well as World Business Report and recently the BBC World News
Another journalist Solomon Serwanja of NBS TV also made the list year. Serwanja last year scooped the BBC’s Komla Dumor Award for his work in investigative journalist.
Vanessa Nakatte, a young Ugandan climate change activist is also on the list. Vanessa Nakatte last year grabbed global headlines when she championed a campaign against racism in the media.
Through her activism, Vanessa has rubbed shoulders with acclaimed global climate change campaigners including Sweden’s Greta Thunberg.
Another Ugandan that made the list is award winning singer Eddy Kenzo,of the Big Talent Entertainment who has won a number of local and international awards for his cherished music.
Sharing insight about the list, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media noted: “the 2020 list features young people pursuing various interests intended to put the name of the continent on the globe through selfless sacrifices and spirited leadership”. He also stated that young people are motivated by the stories of these young achievers who continue to take a lead amid a global pandemic.
The announcement of the list precedes the African Union’s annual Africa Youth Day celebration, which will recognise young African trailblazers from across the continent for 2020.
The criteria for selection included: Excellence in Leadership & Performance, Personal accomplishments, Commitment to sharing knowledge, Breaking the Status Quo and being an accomplished young African.