The 2nd edition of the Choiseul 100 Africa have just been released. The annual study is carried out by the Institut Choiseul and it is aimed at identifying and ranking African leaders of 40 years old and under, who will play a major role in the development of the region in the near future.
In the report, 42 countries are represented out of the 54 countries present in the continent with West Africa having 58 laureates, East Africa having 52 laureates, North Africa having 47 laureates, Central Africa and Southern Africa having 22 and 21 laureates respectively.
Nigeria leads the pack with 17 laureates followed by Morocco with 16 laureates and a host of other countries. The report ranked Igho Sanomih, Nigerian who is 39 years of age as the first on the list followed by Mohammed Dewji from Tanzania, also 39 years of age, followed by Hisham El Khazindar who is 40 years old and from Egypt. The youngest person on the top ten is Sebastien Kadio-Morokro who is 34 years old and from Ivory Coast.
The report highlighted the new businesses that have emerged and the three sectors which new businesses have emerged are the finance, NICT and service sectors.
The report also stated the emergence of women in influential positions with 60 of them in the second edition and 5 of them among the top 15.
The Institut Choiseul was established in 1997 and is an independent Think Thank, whose scope covers Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa.