Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan was featured in this year’s Times list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Also on the list is Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to make the only two African leaders.
Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, writing for Time, describes President Suluhu as a leader whose presence at Tanzania’s helm has opened a door for women and dialogue between political rivals toward rebuilding trust in the democratic system.
“Efforts have been made to increase press freedom, and women and girls have a new role model,” writes Ms. Sirleaf.
Time also commends President Suluhu, who has led the East African state since March last year, for her “tonic” leadership style.
Prime Minister Ahmed has been recognized for his role in mitigating the strained relations his country has with neighbouring Eritrea which have resulted in a civil war.
“Abiy’s peace treaty with Eritrean dictator Isaias Afwerki inspired hopes for a transformed region, but also planted the seeds for an Ethiopian civil war,” part of the magazine says.
“In March, he declared a truce to allow humanitarian access to the region, which had been blocked for months. But like a previous “humanitarian truce” in June 2021, it appears to be largely strategic, and little real aid has arrived.”
Suluhu and Ahmed are recognized in the ‘Leaders’ category alongside renowned global leaders among them; US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese premier Xi Jinping, and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.
The nineteenth annual list also features renowned people including; Oprah Winfrey, Issa Rae, singers Zendaya, Mary J Blige, and Kris Jenner among others.
The list was segregated into various categories such as Icons, Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, and Innovators.
ARTISTS: Simu Liu, Andrew Garfield, Zoë Kravitz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Quinta Brunson, Pete Davidson, Channing Tatum, Nathan Chen, Mila Kunis, Jeremy Strong, Faith Ringgold, Ariana DeBose, Jazmine Sullivan, Michael R Jackson.
INNOVATORS: Zendaya, Taika Waititi, Miranda Lambert, Derrick Palmer and Chris Smalls, Josh Wardle, Michelle Zauner, Demna, Timnit Gebru, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Bela Bajaria, Sevgil Musaieva, Francis Kéré, David Vélez, Michael Schatz, Karen Miga, Evan Eichler, and Adam Phillippy.
TITANS: Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Yeoh, Gautam Adani, Kris Jenner, Andy Jassy, Sally Rooney, Hwang Dong-hyuk, Sam Bankman-Fried, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Alex Morgan, Elizabeth Alexander, David Zaslav.
LEADERS: Mia Mottley, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Rogan, Xi Jinping, Ursula von der Leyen, Ron DeSantis, Joe Biden, Yoon Suk-yeol, Vladimir Putin, Olaf Scholz, Samia Suluhu Hassan, Kevin McCarthy, Karuna Nundy, Abiy Ahmed, Kyrsten Sinema, Gabriel Boric, Khurram Parvez, Letitia James, Valeriy Zaluzhnyy, Lynn Fitch, Umar Ata Bandial, Sun Chunlan.
ICONS: Mary J Blige, Dmitry Muratov, Issa Rae, Keanu Reeves, Adele, Rafael Nadal, Maya Lin, Jon Batiste, Nadine Smith, Peng Shuai, Hoda Khamosh.
PIONEERS: Candace Parker, Frances Haugen, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Sônia Guajajara, Stéphane Bancel, Emily Oster, Valérie Masson-Delmotte and Panmao Zhai, Eileen Gu, Tulio de Oliveira and Sikhulile Moyo, Nan Goldin, Mazen Darwish and Anwar Al Bunni, Emmett Schelling, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and Ana Cristina González Vélez, Gregory L Robinson.