President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has been named among New African Magazine annual 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 list released on Wednesday.

Only three Heads of State made the list this year – Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and President Alpha Conde of Guinea, according to its release to the Ghana News Agency.

The list – the magazine’s most diverse to date - is spread over eight categories: politics and public service, business and finance; civil society and activism, education; science, technology and innovation, media; arts and culture, and sport - profiles both continental and Diasporan Africans nominated by their peers and industry insiders.

Other political heavyweights and showbiz stars also made it to the New African Magazine annual 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 list .

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also made the list in the Politics and Public Service category for how he served as a safe pair of hands during President Buhari’s enforced absence for the most part of 2017.

For the first time since the magazine began publishing this acclaimed end-of-year list 5 years ago, the 2017 list features 42 women out of the hundred, the highest number of female entries so far.

Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director of IC Publication said “What our readers will find pleasing, is the almost bewildering diversity of this list - in terms of race, ethnic and national diversity. This list, if nothing else, displays the beauty and power of the diversity that makes the Africa we all love."

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