Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has appeared in 300 films, selling millions of video copies. She was also listed in TIME 100 world celebrities in 2014.
7. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – South Africa
During the fight against apartheid, the young Yvonne was an important figure in the struggle as she always advocated for equality for all through her lyrics.
She has won several Grammy Awards for her music. At the moment, she is the Goodwill ambassador for UN there.
6. Salif Keita – Mali
However, the 62 year old musician started to encounter his fare share of troubles after being labeled as an outcast in the village, for suffering from Albinism.
He has been a major figure in the fight against stigma normally associated to albinos worldwide.
5. Wole Soyinka – Nigeria
The 80 year old author was the first in Africa to be awarded the Nobel PRIZE in Literature, in 1986. He has published more than 20 plays and books with the most notable of his works being The Strong Breed.
4. Akon – Senegal
Although a resident of the US now, Akon really cherishes and embraces his Senegalese roots. The 38 year old musician and entrepreneur has released 3 albums that have all sold platinum.
He is highly regarded in the Hip Hop world and has helped other musicians, like Lady Gaga, make their breakthrough as well. He owns Konvict Record Label, Konvict Clothing, and Konfidence Foundation.
3. Angelique Kidjo -Benin
Angelique deserves a spot when African divas are being mentioned. Her silky voice has won several Grammy Awards and she has even collaborated with several other US artists such as Carlos Santana and Alicia keys.
The 51 year old musician consistently fights for African women’s rights and is currently the Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
2. Didier Drogba – Cote D’Ivoire
Drogba has won the admiration of football fans worldwide. The 33 year old Chelsea striker demonstrates strength in leadership both on and off the pitch.
This is because he played a crucial role in ending civil wars in Cote D’Ivoire, in 2006. In addition, he also donated $5 million, which he received from an endorsement deal, for building a hospital in Abidjan, which is his hometown.
1. Youssou N’dour – Senegal
He normally fuses rock, pop and other genres from the region to create his unique style. Currently, he is an ambassador of UNICEF.