Founder and CEO of WatsUp TV, Abdoulaye ‘ ABD ’ Traore has been named among Avance Media and Africa Youth Awards’ annual list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans for 2020.

Abd Traore who also happens to be the only Guinean on the list is earning the recognition for the second time since his inclusion in 2018. This feat covers his works in expanding coverage of his entertainment television channel, WatsUp TV across the continent through Satellite and Digitial platforms.

He shares the list with notable faces such as Davido, Peace Hyde, Bobi Wine, Aya Chebbi, Caster Semenya and climate change activists Vanessa Nakate & Nisreen Elsaim.

With a record 49 females and 51 males represented from 29 African countries, the list also features 7 young ministers from across the continent, including Angola’s Finance Minister, Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves, Rwanda’s ICT Minister, Paula Ingabire, Sudan’s Minister of Youth, Wala’a Essam al-Boushi and Namibia’s deputy ICT minister, Emma Inamutila Theofelus.

Sharing insight about the list, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media noted: “the 2020 list features young people pursuing various interests intended to put the name of the continent on the globe through selfless sacrifices and spirited leadership”. He also stated that young people are motivated by the stories of these young achievers who continue to take a lead amid a global pandemic.

As founder and CEO of WatsUp TV, ABD has led his brand transition from a TV show in 2014 to a 24 Hours Television Channel in 2020. In 2018, he also launched his first entertainment music magazine named WatsUp Magazine, which was covered by Afrobeat highlife Ghanaian artist Bisa Kdei

ABD was recently nominated in the Media Television category of the Ghana Industry CEO Awards for his exploits in the media industry in Ghana and across Africa.

Below is the official list of 2020 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged in alphabetical order

  1. Abasi Ene-Obong (54Gene)
  2. Abdoulaye “ ABD ” Traore (WatsUp TV)
  3. Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan)
  4. Adebola Williams (RED | For Africa)
  5. Adetola Nola (Veritasi Homes and Properties)
  6. Adji Bousso Dieng (Computer Scientist)
  7. Alain Nteff (Healthlane)
  8. Alex Iwobi (Everton)
  9. Amina Priscille Longoh (Minister, Women and Protection of Children, Chad)
  10. Anwar Bougroug (Fashion Designer)
  11. Arielle Kitio Tsamo (Cameroon Youth School Tech Incubator)
  12. Ashish Thakkar (Mara Group)
  13. Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona Femení)
  14. Aurélie Adam Soulé Zoumarou (Minister, Digital Economy and Communications, Benin)
  15. Aya Chebbi (African Union Youth Envoy)
  16. Berla Mundi (OAP)
  17. Betty Kyallo (Journalist)
  18. Bobi Wine (MP, Kyadondo East Constituency, Uganda)
  19. Boniface Mwangi (Activist)
  20. Boubou (Artist)
  21. Bright Simons (IMANI Africa)
  22. Broda Shaggi (Comedian)
  23. Burna Boy (Musician)
  24. Caster Semenya (Athlete)
  25. Charlette N’Guessan (BACE Group)
  26. Charlot Magayi (Mukuru Stoves)
  27. Christian Achaleke Leke (Youth Development Expert)
  28. Clarisse Iribagiza (Computer Scientist)
  29. Dancegod Lloyd (Dancer)
  30. Daniel Dotse (Lead for Ghana)
  31. Davido (Musician)
  32. Dentaa Amoateng (GUBA Foundation)
  33. Diamond Platnumz (Musician)
  34. DJ Neptune (Disc Jockey)
  35. Dorcas Wangira (Citizen TV)
  36. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (OAP)
  37. Eddy Kenzo (Musician)
  38. Edith Brou (Blogger)
  39. Edith Kimani (DW)
  40. Emma Inamutila Theofelus (Deputy Minister, ICT, Namibia)
  41. Emtithal Mahmoud (Activist)
  42. Fadzayi Mahere (Spokesperson, MDC Alliance, Zimbabwe)
  43. Fatoumata Bâ (Janngo)
  44. Fejiro Hanu Agbodje (Patricia Technologies)
  45. Gregory Rockson (mPharma)
  46. Habila Malgwi (Global Citizen Forum)
  47. Hadeel Osman (Fashion Revolution)
  48. Ilwad Elman (Elman Peace and Human Rights Center)
  49. Innoss’B (Musician)
  50. Javnyuy Joybert (Speaker)
  51. Joeboy (Musician)
  52. Joel Nanauka (Speaker)
  53. John Obidi (Speaker)
  54. Karl Kugelmann (Model)
  55. Kiki Mordi (Journalist)
  56. Kuami Eugene (Musician)
  57. Lamin Darboe (National Youth Council, Gambia)
  58. Lelise Neme (Ethiopian Investment Commission)
  59. Master KG (Musician)
  60. Mbwana Samatta (Fenerbahce)
  61. Melene Rossouw (Women Lead Movement)
  62. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  63. Nancy Kacungira (BBC Africa)
  64. Nelson Kwaje (Defy Hate Now)
  65. Nermine Sfar (Dancer)
  66. Ngombe Tamaris (Collectif Entre Elles)
  67. Nisreen Elsaim (UN Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change)
  68. Njugush (Comedian)
  69. Odunayo Eweniyi (PiggyVest)
  70. Ogutu Okudo (SpringRock Group)
  71. Ola Brown (Flying Doctors)
  72. Olugbenga Agboola (Flutterwave)
  73. Orondaam Otto (Slum2School)
  74. Paula Ingabire (Minister, ICT and Innovation, Rwanda)
  75. Peace Hyde (Forbes Africa)
  76. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
  77. Qabale Duba (Qabale Duba Foundation)
  78. Rachel Sibande (mHub)
  79. Rediet Abebe (Computer Scientist)
  80. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
  81. Sandrine Umutoni (Imbuto Foundation)
  82. Satta Sheriff (Action for Justice and Human Rights)
  83. Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa (Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab)
  84. Simi (Musician)
  85. Siya Kolisi (Rugby Player)
  86. Solomon Serwanjja (NBSTV)
  87. Stonebwoy (Musician)
  88. Takele Uma Banti ((Minister, Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ethiopia)
  89. Temie Giwa Tubosun (LifeBank)
  90. Thando Thabethe (OAP)
  91. Theo Baloyi (Bathu Shoes)
  92. Thuso Mbedu (Artist)
  93. Tumi Sole (CountyDuty)
  94. Umra Omar (Safari Doctors)
  95. Vanessa Nakate (Climate Justice Activist)
  96. Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves (Minister, Finance, Angola)
  97. Victor Wanyama (Montreal Impact)
  98. Vusi Thembekwayo (Speaker)
  99. Wala’a Essam al-Boushi (Minister, Youth and Sport, Sudan)
  100. Yawa Hansen-Quao (Emerging Public Leaders)

This initiative is a partnered activity between Africa Youth Awards and Avance Media.

You can also visit www.africayouthawards.org to get more information about the list activities.

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