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Most influential African personalities: 6 Moroccans in the top 100

Starring the 100 most influential personalities of the continent, the pan-African weekly Jeune Afrique highlighted, businessmen, doctors, politicians and men of culture, artists, athletes as well as several other profiles, women and men originating in Africa or other continents but working in or with Africa. Six Moroccans appear (nine in 2019) in this top 100 dominated by Anglophones, especially those from Nigeria and to a lesser extent than in 2019, from South Africa.

With all honor, the first place, the current health situation obliges, went to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus. The former Ethiopian health minister owes his doctorate, although he has never practiced, to his doctorate in biology and his master’s degree in immunology of infectious diseases. On the podium we will find two Nigerians, the magnate Aliko Dangote and his compatriot Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigerian iron lady (66) who is applying, just that, to the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Our Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elamy is among the top 10 along with two other Nigerians, Tony Elumelu and music star Burna Boy, an Anglo-Sudanese Mo-Brahim, an Egyptian Naguib Sawiris, a South African Zweli Mkhize as well as the Senegalese-American Akon. The CEO of the OCP group, Mostafa Terrab is in the top 20, while the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, is in the top 30.

Next come the Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy, Nadia Fetah who is in sixty-ninth position. The entrepreneur, founder of the contemporary African art fair, which is held each year in London, New York and Marrakech, Touria El Glaoui in 83rd place and finally Mohamed El Kettani Moroccan businessman and president- Managing Director of Attijariwafa bank ranks 91st.

It’s a pretty good performance, especially since the magazine honors four ministers, businessmen and technocrats, and not necessarily politicians, an artist and managers. Our six reps tend to be business, corporate, art and financial. Four of them were already on this list in the previous exercise and managed to stay there, Moulay Hafid Elamy, Mustapha Terrab, Aziz Akhannouch and Touria El Glaoui although they fell a few places. We will have lost, among others, along the way, some personalities such as the filmmaker Nabil Ayouch, the lawyer Hicham Naciri or the doctoral student in nuclear chemistry Ilham Kadiri and recovered, the Minister of Tourism Nadia Fetah and the banker Mohamed El Kettani.

Moroccan personalities to each their merit were chosen by the first African magazine for their quality of managers like Moulay Hafid Elamy who faced the coronavirus crisis (Covid-19) “was reassuring and pragmatic and presentation of solutions and opportunities” tells us the media. “The influence of Mostafa Terrab remains” tells us Jeune Afrique, which praises the virtues of “this heavyweight on the economic and political scene of the Kingdom”.

The magazine predicts good days (head of government) for the man who is “at the origin of the Initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA), launched ahead of the COP22”, Aziz Akhanouch. Do we ever know ? The chef’s surprise is Nadia Fetah for the magazine which boasts of her background “Qualities that will not be too much to raise the Moroccan tourism sector, which is going through one of the most serious crises in its history”. In this list we also praised the daughter of the painter Hassan El Glaoui, Touria El Glaoui who “knows how to offer her warmth, her enthusiasm and her professionalism” and Mohamed El Kettani who “In almost thirteen years, succeeded in raising the banking subsidiary of the Al Mada holding one of the largest banks on the continent”.

We cannot conclude without noting the presence of three great African sportsmen (from the football world), the Senegalese Sadio Mané (13), the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (17) and the Algerian Djamel Belmadi (92).

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