Kenyans move up Africa’s most influential list

Uhuru, Lupita in Africa's most influential list

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is one of the seven Kenyans who made it to the art and culture category of the list. Mr Kenyatta is among 23 politicians and public office holders listed among Africa’s most influential personalities of 2014. He is listed in that category with his nemesis Ms Bensouda, who succeeded Argentinian Luis Moreno-Ocampo in 2012. Seven Kenyans made it to the art and culture category of the list including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Jim Chuchu of Just a Band, literary icon Ngugi wa Thiongo, novelist Yvonne Owuor and writer Binyavanga Wainaina. President Uhuru Kenyatta combined political shrewdness and the power of a suave public relations machine to overshadow his pending trial for international crimes at The Hague and emerge as one of Africa’s most influential personalities this year.

London-based magazine New African says Mr Kenyatta made it to the exclusive list for successfully employing a smart political strategy that has turned Africa against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and away from the serious crimes he is accused of committing during Kenya’s 2007 General Election. Mr Kenyatta was recognised for skilfully exploiting the ICC charges, which initially threatened his leadership ambitions, to make ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda […]

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