Louise Mushikiwabo on the list of ten most influential figures in Africa

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Rwanda’s Foreign affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo is on the list compiled by the African report publication as a person who pushes for regional issues and suggests answers.

The publisher of the list, the Africa Report has established itself as the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs

From exile to international postings and deep-end diplomacy, Mushikiwabo’s rise to eminence in Rwanda’s government has tested her political nerves.

“We wanted to present exemplars of trends that we feel have resonance beyond the individual selected. For example, the reach of religion, or the renaissance of Africa’s think tanks” African report said in defense of the list.

A one-time resident of Washington DC and a key aide to President Donald Kaberuka at the African Development Bank, Mushikiwabo knows the arena and its competitors.

Samir Dilou – Balancing radicals and progressives (Tunisia)

Vincent le Guennou – Seeding African business (Franco-Cameroon)


S. K. Macharia – The media magnate with the popular touch (Kenya)


Navanethem Pillay – Anti-apartheid veteran turned global human rights crusader (South Africa)


Nasir El-Rufai – A critical view on the ties that divide (Nigeria)


General Athman ‘Bachir’ Tartag – Hard man to love (Algeria)

Rebecca Kadaga – Uganda’s speaker of parliament.


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Bernard Njonga – Tireless campaigner for farmers’ rights (Cameroon)


Michel Sidibé – Bringing an end to AIDS denial (Mali)


Tokyo Sexwale & Cyril Ramaphosa – either of these charismatic figures could be president (SA)


Femi Otedola – Bankrolling the president (Nigeria)


Prince Kofi Amoabeng – The ‘grey’ banker (Ghana)


Daniel Yohannes – An African voice in Washington (Ethiopia)


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Taking down the cliché’s one by one (Nigeria)


Louise Mushikiwabo – Kigali hosts a successor in the making (Rwanda)


Zwelinzima Vavi – Standing up to the corrupt and the powerful (South Africa)


Jason Njoku – An African flag on the internet (Nigeria)


Daviz Simango – Giving them real choice (Mozambique)


Franklin Cudjoe – The boffins fight back (Ghana)


Ikal Angelei – Anti-dam dame (Kenya)


Rabab El-Mahdi – Political scientist in the streets (Egypt)


Saviour Kasukuwere – Post-Mugabe positioned (Zimbabwe)

Her role as foreign minister puts her in the frontline to fend off mounting pressure on Rwanda to change its posture in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a damning United Nations investigation.

Should Mushikiwabo succeed on the diplomatic front, do not rule out a run for the presidency with President Paul Kagame’s blessing.


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