PR and rating agency Avance Media, in partnership with 1000 African Voices and VIPI State (Avenva), announced the finalists for the 3rd edition of the Most Influential Young South Africans list on Tuesday. However, some of those on the list were rejected by the same people they apparently influenced in 2018 and they took to social media to voice their disappointment.
MD of the agency Prince Akpah said in a statement that the young people on the list had made “remarkable contributions” in their fields and had an impact on young people in South Africa and other countries.
The ranking was previously won by Trevor Noah in 2016 and Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi 2017.
Voting has started on the agency’s website to determine the winner in each category and the overall winner, but South Africans have questioned some nominees on the list.
2018’s nominees include Khanyi Mbau, Pabi Moloi, Lasizwe, Khanya Mkangisa, AKA, and Cassper Nyovest, to name a few.
Here’s a list of the most influential young South Africans. pic.twitter.com/9mwttqebMY
— PART-TIME FATHER (@ImQueziN) February 12, 2019
But tweeps rejected a list that excluded Pearl Thusi, Bonang Matheba, DJ Zinhle, Trevor Noah, and Sho Madjozi, to name a few.
Twitter user @Makweetee asked: “In what part are they influencing, in which South Africa? Where are serious people like @sylvesterchauke @NomzamoMbatha @khayadlanga @bonang_m @tumisole people who always push inspiration and education who wants to see a better South Africa!” while @Dirtydeedsman said: “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone influenced by Khanyi Mbau ever. But Black coffee and Trevor Noah, every day.”
These were some of the comments on the list:
(Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde)