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President Ruto barely makes it into ‘100 Most Reputable Africans’ list

The Reputation Poll International released its 100 Most Reputable Africans list for the year 2023 on January 3, 2023 and a handful of Kenyans made it onto the list.

The selection criteria was based on integrity, impact and visibility; and selected people from various sectors including governance, human rights, education, entertainment and business.

“In addition to the individuals recognized on Reputation Poll International’s 100 Most Reputable Africans’ list for their various achievements, there are also those who are celebrated for their contributions to social impact and social entrepreneurship, helping to transform businesses in Africa and positively impacting lives without causing any controversy,” read a statement from the polling organization.

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They also said that the list was aimed at recognizing and celebrating the achievements of individuals making a positive impact in Africa and worldwide.

Eight Kenyans made it into the list, but surprisingly President William Ruto was the lowest ranked amongst them at position 97.

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Also in the list is Martha Karua, who was Raila Odinga’s running mate in the 2022 General Election, a contest that was won by Dr Ruto.

American-based actor Edi Mue Gathegi, who has starred in several hit movies including Blacklist, Twilight Saga and X-Men, who was ranked at position 25. Below are the other Kenyans who made the list:

Position 6 – Amina Chawahir Mohammed Jibril, the Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.

Position 25 – Kenyan-American actor Edi Gathegi.

Position 55 – Martha Karua, leader of Narc Kenya party. She was the running mate to Raila Odinga in the August 2022 General Election.

Position 56 – Martha Koome, the first female Chief Justice in Kenya.

Position 57 – Martin Kimani, a Kenyan diplomat. He served as the Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since December 2020 and previously served as the director, National Counter Terrorism Center and as a special envoy for countering violent extremism in Kenya.

Position 75 – Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.

Position 93 – Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Executive Director at Rise, a project by Schmidt.

Position 97 – President William Ruto, who won the August 9, 2022 General Election to become the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya.

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