By Country

This page lists leaders by country. If you don’t see what you are looking for use the search box.  Names marked with an asterisk (*) are people who have done good work in Africa, but are not from the continent. For those born in one country, but doing most of their work in another, they are listed under both their country of birth and where they are making a difference.  Last updated: Feb. 13, 2016. 

Benin Hounsa Houetehou C. Franck, Promoting Awareness of Albinism (story coming in 2016);   Sara Idohou  Empowering Women and Youths; Angelique Kidgo, Using Song for the Global Good (story coming in 2016)

Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe  Miss Universe’s Youth Empowerment Initiatives

Burkina Faso Donald Bambara  Founder of Green’Act (born: Burkina Faso, works: Senegal); Thomas Sankara  Book review of Thomas Sankara: An African Revolutionary

Burundi  Marguerite Barankitse  Assisting Orphaned Children

Cameroon   Samuel Eto’o Soccer star Supporting Children; Felix Forzeh Formanyi, co-founder of the Global Institute for Family Integrity (story coming in 2016); Javnyuy Joybert, founder of CELBMD Africa (story coming in 2016); Pater Noster (story coming in 2016); Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (story coming in 2016)

Cape Verde Pedro Pires (story coming in 2016)

Chad Amalkher Djibrine Souleymane, Empowering Women and Youths

Congo, Republic of (Congo-Brazzaville) Ndzoyi Averty Delamizere Founder of Espace Opoko (Education Initiative); Virgile Samba-Moussinga Supporting Human Rights and Good Governance

Côte d’Ivoire  Essan Emile Ako, Using Radio to Promote Peace (story coming in 2016); Ba Coulibaly (story coming in 2016); Didier Drogba  Soccer star Founding Hospitals; Jean-Patrick Ehouman, Entrepreneur (story coming in 2016); Tiken Jah Fakoly Using Music to Address Social Injustice (story coming in 2016); Sara Idohou Empowering Women & Youths (born in Côte d’Ivoire, works in Benin)

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Dr. Corneille Ewango  Environmental Conservation; Dikembe Mutombo NBA Hall of Fame star Built an Excellent Hospital

Egypt Mohamed ElBaradei, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (story coming in 2016); Basant Motawi Founder of Aspire, Combating Sexual Assault (story coming in 2016); Fred Soper*  Malaria Control

Eritrea  Kassahun Checole  Founder of Africa World Press and Red Sea Press

Ethiopia  Bethlehem Alemu  Fair Trade Business; Hailu Tessema  Founder of Mama Fresh

Gambia, The Momodou Bah A Politician that Cares; Salimatou Fatty and her Foundation for Education; Alieu Jallow  Supporting Young Entrepreneurs; Yahya Kandeh, supporting Youths and Community Health (story coming in 2016); Modou Basirr Leigh, Youth Leader

Ghana Dr. Francis Amedahe Bringing Healthcare to 10,000 Villagers; Kofi Annan Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (story coming in 2016); Dr. Boachie-Adjei Orthopedic Hospital Founder; Patrick Awuah Founder of Ashesi University; Hikmat Baba Dua Advocate for Women’s Education; Dr. Ashifi Gogo Combating Counterfeit Medications (story coming in 2016); Mabel Suglo Helping Disabled Artisans turn Trash into Eco-friendly Footwear;  Fred Swaniker African Leadership Academy (born in Ghana, works in S. Africa)

Guinea Mamoudou Barry Empowering Future Generations through Education

Kenya  Kelvin Macharia Young Entrepreneur, Founder of Sunrise Tracking; Wangari Maathai   Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement; Collins Nakedi, Empowering Youth through Education; Kennedy Odede Improving Services in Nairobi’s Slums; Miriam Khamadi Were, Promoting Community Health (story coming in 2016)

Liberia Review of Africa’s Peacemakers includes 2 Liberian Nobel Prize Winners; Leymah Gbowee Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (story coming in 2016); Phillip Garjay Innis Advocate for Youths and the Environment; Saran Kaba Jones (story coming in 2016);  Fombah Kanneh  Social Entrepreneurship; Rajesh Panjabi Founder of Last Mile Health; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Africa’s First Female President

Malawi Marshall Dyton (story coming in 2016); William Kamkwamba  Supporting Alternative Energy

Mali Frederic Kanoute Soccer star Supporting Children

Mauritania Sidi Dhaker (story coming in 2016)

Mozambique Joaquim Chissano (story coming in 2016); Graca Machel Supporting Women and Children

Namibia Heinrich Hafeni Engaging in Social Entrepreneurship; Onesmus “Jnr Kannase” H. Shoombe Supporting Health Care Systems and Community Projects

Nigeria Odion Anavhe, Advocate for Women’s Reproductive Health Rights (story coming in 2016); Tony Elumelu, Entrepreneur-Philanthropist;  Dr. Toyin Falola Advocate for African Studies; John Itebu, Founder of SwaliAfrica (story coming in 2016); Adepeju Jaiyeoba (story coming in 2016);  Nwankwo Kanu Soccer star Supporting a Heart Foundation; Chris Kwekowe Founder of Slatecube (story coming in 2016); Chinenye Sarah Ogoko, Empowering Rural Young Women; Dr. Bobwealth Omontese Veterinary Research for better Nutrition; Dr. Seyi Oyesola  “Hospital in a Box” Co-founder; Toyin Ojora Saraki  Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation; Saied Tafida Sulaiman Poverty Alleviation and Fiscal Transparency; Book review of Nollywood Stars; Masai Ujiri‘s Giants of Africa Foundation (story coming in 2016)

Rwanda Peace Ruzage Assisting Vulnerable Women

Senegal Donald Bambara  Founder of Green’Act; Youssou N’Dour Using Music to Address Social Issues (story coming in 2016)

Sierra Leone Dr. Sylvia Blyden Advocate for Women and Youths;  Zainab Bangura Advocate for Human Rights; Aruna Kallon Advocate for Human Rights, Judicial Accountability and Good Governance

Somalia Dr. Hawa Abdi Providing Healthcare for Millions; Ilwad Elman Promoting Peace (story coming in 2016); Fatima Jibrell Conservation Initiatives

South Africa Sinazo Didiza  Females’ Reproductive Health Rights; Review of Africa’s Peacemakers includes 4 South African Nobel Laureates; Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa; Elon Musk Supporting Alternative Energy (story coming in 2016);  Fred Swaniker Founder of the African Leadership Academy; Desmond & Mpho Tutu Book Review of their The Book of Forgiving

South Sudan John Dau Lost Boys Hospital Founder

Sudan Dr. Donald Hopkins*  Guinea Worm Eradication through the Carter Center; Sir Henry Wellcome*  Tropical Medical Research Laboratories in Khartoum; Mo Ibrahim Supports Good Governance and Emerging Leaders

Tanzania Sirjeff Dennis, Supporting Food Security in Vulnerable Neighborhoods; Amnah Ibuni Sure Steps School Founder; Allen Kimbelwa Empowering Youths; Reginald Mengi Corporate Responsibility

Togo Nadege Afoutou Supports Civic Leadership

Tunisia National Dialogue Quartet receives 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Uganda  Andrew Rugasira Book Review of A Good African Story, about Rugasira’s Good African Coffee company; Cinderella Anena Supports Gender Equity and Reproductive Health Rights

Zambia Stella Mutale Sata Supports Future Leaders via “The Stella Project”

Zimbabwe Isaac Jonas, Co-founder of Impact Africa Trust (story coming in 2016); Morris “Lordmore Karanda” Kakunguwo Supports Youth Football; Thomas Mapfumo  His Life and Revolutionary Music; Nyari Mashayamombe, Using Song to Advocate for Gender Equity and Human Rights (story coming in 2016); Strive Masiyiwa  Supporting Education; Kelvin Tinashe Mutize Working for Africa’s Future

Don’t see a country you wish appeared and know of someone from there that I should feature? Please send me an email ( with your suggested person, a brief explanation of why you chose them, and how to contact them.

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