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This is Africa's decade

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - We are currently in the official United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and in line with this, MIPAD is launching several new publications to celebrate and recognise leaders of African descent on the continent and across the globe in the Diaspora.
The executive team of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), has unveiled

the special editions of the Most Influential 100 publications in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

MIPAD identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa, its people on the continent and across its Diaspora.

As this decade is now officially recognised by the African Union Commission Diaspora Division, Citizens and Diaspora Organizations (CIDO), the launch of MIPAD new editions took place on the sidelines of the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union this past week in Ethiopia.

Starting in 2019, in line with the first pillar of the UN decade: Recognition, MIPAD set to identify, recognise and connect the Most Influential 100 personalities across new verticals, aside from the Under 40 Edition, in support of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. 
The new MIPAD 100 editions include :
  • First Ladies Edition     
  • Under 40 Edition
  • Law & Justice Edition
  • Payments & FinTech Edition
  • 4th Industrial Revolution Edition
  • Philanthropy Edition
  • Royalty Edition
  • Travel & Tourism Edition

Speaking about the MIPAD launch event, Eiman Kheir, Head of Diaspora Division in the Citizens and Diaspora directorate, said, “The AU considers the African Diaspora the sixth region of Africa due to the fact that it constitutes a large number of people of African descent currently residing outside the continent.

“As a partnership, the relationship seeks to realise how Africa and the diaspora can support each other. Recognising the decade, is one way towards guaranteeing justice, recognition, anti-racism, and development to African persons across the world, and it is at the heart of what Africa can do to uphold the dignity of its People.”

Fatima Maada-Bio, First Lady of Sierra Leone, one of the headliners featured on the cover of the First Ladies Edition, said in a statement, "I am a different first lady. My aim is not to score political points, but to let women know that they must [be] major players in the boosting of our economy." She shared her appreciation of the work MIPAD is doing saying, "If we don't celebrate ourselves, who else will?"

Positive narrative


Since 2017, MIPAD has shed light on the great achievements of People of African Decent under 40 across the globe, working towards a positive narrative for the continent. MIPAD has recognised over 400 high achievers of African Descent, both in the public and private sector worldwide, pairing those based across the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa, across various verticals, and will be releasing the global 100 lists annually until 2024.

Kamil Olufowobi, founder of MIPAD, commented: "We have great minds across the globe working at an individual level for the glory of other countries and corporations. We must harness the power of these great minds in every corner of the world to create collective impact for our beloved continent. That is why MIPAD exists."
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