“The list offers a glimpse into the diverse breed of young and established leaders intent on reinventing the face of Africa,” the New African magazine said in a statement.
“They include entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, political game changers, and sporting record breakers to name but a few.”
Also among the 22 South Africans were former president Thabo Mbeki, former minister Jay Naidoo, fashion mogul Precious Motsepe, comedian Trevor Noah and businessman Johann Rupert.
Nigeria has the most influential figures, with 23. Of the 32 women on the list, 11-year-old Zuriel Oduwole from Nigeria featured given her fight for women’s education.
“Her accomplishments to date include having interviews with eight African heads of state and the launch of a mentorship programme for girls,” the magazine.
“Former foreign minister of Somaliland, Edna Adan, 76, a pioneer for women’s rights and women’s health, is the oldest female on the list.”