Since Time Magazine published its annual list of ‘100 Most influential People of 2013’ on April 18, 2013, there has been so much buzz within African circles, especially by African movie fans about the unexpected featuring of Nollywood A-lister Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in this year’s edition. In fact many have consciously or unconsciously cared less about the other African Celebrities that have also featured on Time Magazine’s list.
African Celebrities Magazine (ACM) has decided to bring to the attention of its readers, the full six African Celebrities that were named in Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People of 2013.
In all, there are three (3) African Presidents; one Satirist, one Businessman (Founder of SpaceX and Tesla…a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) and one female actress.
As earlier mentioned above, the most interesting, most talked about African celebrity on the list by Africans and supporters of Africa because of the pleasant surprise is the featuring of the beautiful Nigerian born Movie actress, singer, philanthropist; Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde on what is the prestigious Time Magazine’s exclusive list of the most influential people of 2013.
The other African Celebrities on that list are President of Malawi- H.E Mrs. Joyce Banda; President of Somalia-H.E Mr. Hassan Sheik Mohamud; President of Tunisia-H.E Mr. Moncef Marzouki; South African born Elon Musk (Founder of SpaceX and Tesla…a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation); and finally Egyptian born Bassem Youssef…satirist and host of El Bernameg (“The Program”), a kind of Egyptian version of the American Comedy show ‘The Daily Show”.
Let’s take a more detailed look at the six African Celebrities involved:
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, 34 (Actress, singer and philanthropist)
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is referred to as the Queen of Nollywood (Nigeria)…the world’s most productive English-language film industry which produces about 2,500 movies a year…”most of them direct-to-DVD quickies mixing melodrama, music and an evangelical Christian spin”..quoting Richard Corliss (TIME’s movie critic).
34 year old Omotola Jalade is also called OmoSexy by her fans because of her beauty and elegance. She is arguably the best female actress in Nollywood as judged by African celebrities Magazine (ACM) and according to TIME’s movie critic, “Africa’s most renowned leading lady”.
She has featured in over 300 films since the 1996 ‘Mortal Inheritance’ to the 2010 super production ‘Ijé’…shot partly on location in Los Angeles. Omotola is married to an airline pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde. Apart from working as an actress, Jalade-Ekeinde is also a singer, reality-show star, mother of four and philanthropist (Founder of Omotola Youth Empowerment Program).
Joyce Hilda Banda, 63 (President of Malawi)
Joyce Hilda Banda, born 12 April 1950 is Malawi’s first and Africa’s second female President since 7 April 2012. She is the founder and leader of the People’s Party, created in 2011.
An educator and grassroots women’s rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012. She was a Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children’s Affairs and Community Services. Before her active career in politics she was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, founder of the National Association of Business Women (NABW), Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project.
Forbes Magazine named President Banda as the 71st most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa. Banda took office as president following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Hassan Sheik Mohamud, 57 (President of Somalia)
Hassan Sheik Mohamud is the current president of Somalia since September 2012. A 17,000-strong African Union force finally helped to restore security in Somalia paving the way for the election that brought President Sheik Mohamud to power. He is the leader of Somalia’s first constitutional government in 20 years.
Moncef Marzouki, 67 (President of Tunisia)
President Moncef Marzouki was born on 7 July 1945. Through his career he has been a human rights activist, physician and politician. On 12 December 2011, he was elected President of Tunisia by the Constituent Assembly (a body elected to govern the country and draft a new constitution).
Bassem Youssef, 39 (Satirist and TV host)
Bassem Raafat Muhammad Youssef, born March 21, 1974 is an Egyptian cardiac surgeon, satirist, and the host of El Bernameg (“The Program”), a satirical news program broadcast by Egyptian television station Capital Broadcast Centre (CBC). The press has compared Youssef with American comedian Jon Stewart, whose satire program The Daily Show inspired Youssef to begin his career.
Bassem began his first satirical show in March 2011 in response to the Egyptian Revolution.
Elon Musk, 41 (South African born entrepreneur and business man)
Elon Musk is a South African born American entrepreneur and business man. He is the co-founder of PayPal (initially known as X.com), co-founding of Tesla Motors and founder of SpaceX.Born on 28 June 1971 Elon Musk is currently the CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. SpaceX is the company he founded in 2002 to build the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft with the ultimate goal of extending human life to other planets. He designed Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit, as well as the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station on May 25th, 2012. In 2008, NASA awarded SpaceX a $1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo flights to and from the International Space Station, effectively replacing the Space Shuttle. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit; a feat previously only achieved by a few nations. In 2011, the company started work preparing the spacecraft to carry astronauts under a NASA award. The first manned flights are expected in 2015.
Musk holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Wharton School, and a second bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences.