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Africa’s Top 40 Most Powerful Celebrities of 2011 by Forbes

Africa's Top 40 Most Powerful Celebrities of 2011 by Forbes

Here is a list of Africa’s top 40 most powerful celebrities as compiled by Forbes. The list consists of actors, cerebral authors, musicians, movie producers, super models, TV personalities and athletes selected across Africa. The celebrities selected are of diverse generation.

Forbes compiled this list based on over 7,500 entries that were sent to them.

  1. Chinua Achebe, 80, Nigerian, Novelist
  2. Youssou N’dour, Age: 51, Senegalese, Musician
  3. Didier Drogba, 33, Ivorian, Soccer Player
  4. Angelique Kidjo, 51, Beninoise, Musician
  5. Akon, 38, Senegalese, Musician
  6. Wole Soyinka, 77, Nigerian, Playwright
  7. Salif Keita, 62, Malian, Musician
  8. Yvonne Chaka Chaka, 46, South African, Musician
  9. Oumou Sangare, 43, Malian, Musician
  10. Femi Kuti, 49, Nigerian, Musician
  11. Toumani Diabaté, Malian, Musician
  12. Oliver Mtukudzi, 59, Zimbabwean, Musician
  13. Haile Gebrselassie, 38, Ethiopian, Athlete
  14. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, 51, Algerian, Musician
  15. Samuel Eto’o, 30, Cameroonian, Soccer Player
  16. Alek Wek, 34, Sudanese, Supermodel
  17. Liya Kebede, 33, Ethiopian, Supermodel
  18. Dobet Gnahoré, 29, Ivorian, Musician
  19. Genevieve Nnaji, 32, Nigerian, Actress
  20. Koffi Olomidé, 55, Congolese, Musician
  21. Neill Blomkamp, 32, South African, Movie Director
  22. Souad Massi, 39, Algerian, Musician
  23. Baaba Maal, 58, Senegalese, Musician
  24. Hugh Masekela, 72, South African, Musician
  25. K’Naan, 33, Somali, Rapper
  26. Amadou and Mariam, Malian, Musicians
  27. Awilo Longomba, Congolese, Musician
  28. Eric Wainaina, 38, Kenyan, Musician
  29. Binyavanga Wainaina, 40, Kenyan, Author
  30. Ngugi Wa Thiongo, 73, Kenyan, Author
  31. Freshlyground, South African, Musicians
  32. Chimamanda Adichie, 34, Nigerian, Writer
  33. Rokia Traoré, 37, Malian, Musician
  34. Tuface Idibia, 36, Nigerian, Musician
  35. P-Square, 29, Nigerian, Musicians
  36. Don Jazzy, 30, Nigerian, Music Producer
  37. D’Banj, 31, Nigerian, Musician
  38. Neka, 31, Nigerian, Musician
  39. Asa, 29, Nigerian, Musician
  40. Patricia Amira, 33, Kenyan, TV Personality

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  1. African entertainment media has come along way. I remember the days of Masquerade and Living in Bondage and can see we have made so much progress along the line. This is just the beginning of so many good things to happend in our sweet Africa.

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