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7 people of African descent who made “TIME 100” List of Most Influential People

Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish and Kehinde Wiley are among the people representing Africa in the 2018 list.

TIME magazine recently shared its 100 most influential people of 2018 list. The annual list features some of the world’s most significant artists, leaders, scientists, activist and entrepreneurs. It includes essays from other celebrities about how those on the list have influenced the world.

This year Cardi B, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman made the list among other notable big names. We also spotted several personalities of African descent that made the coveted list. Here there are below.

Tiffany Haddish, 38, Eritrea

“Tiffany is bringing a whole new level of fresh to the comedy scene. She’s just so authentic and unfiltered.” – Kevin Hart

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@tiffanyhaddish is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. @kevinhart4real met her on the #comedy scene 13 years ago: "She was young, raw and funny, almost like she didn’t have a care in the world. But when I noticed her car was packed to the brim with her belongings," recalls the actor, who stars alongside Haddish in @nightschool (out Sept. 28), "I asked her if everything was O.K. That’s when I found out she was homeless and living in that car." Hart gave her $300—"it was all I had with me"—and handed it to her. "Now Tiffany is bringing a whole new level of fresh to the comedy scene. She’s just so authentic and unfiltered," he adds. "You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. And you can tell she’s having fun—she’s seen a time when things couldn’t get any worse, and she’s giving it all she has." See the full list at Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

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Issa Rae, 33, Senegal

“Issa Rae: writer, actor, force of nature—and chic as hell.” – Mindy Kaling

Trevor Noah, 34, South Africa

“Trevor is always reaching out: across cultures, continents and boundaries.”Lupita Nyong’o

Kehinde Wiley, 40, Nigeria

“When you see a Kehinde Wiley painting, you recognize it. He has created a visual brand that remains artistically fresh.” – LL Cool J

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@kehindewiley is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. As @llcoolj, the actor and Grammy-winning musician, writes for TIME: Wiley is "a classically, formally trained #artist who is transforming the way African Americans are seen—going against the grain of what the world is accustomed to. Some consider him irreverent; I see an iconoclast. Some of his subjects come from hip-hop culture, but he’s not a hip-hop painter. To put it simply, he does dope sh-t." Instead of using his art to assimilate into mainstream society, he adds, Wiley "goes minorstream, creating major works that outpace that of the majority of his contemporaries." See the full list at Photograph by @micaiahcarter for TIME

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Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, 75, Zimbabwe

“In his first 100 days, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa spoke of re-engaging, forgiveness, democracy and unity.”Evan Mawarire

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Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare on Friday. Mnangagwa has been sworn in as president of Zimbabwe, becoming the country’s second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980. His removal as vice president by Robert Mugabe led to the veteran leader’s ouster. “I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as the president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe,” he said as he took the oath of office before the chief justice, watched by a jubilant crowd of 60,000 at the National Stadium in Harare. Photo credit: Ben Curtis/AP #TheGuardianNg #EmmersonMnangagwa #RobertMugabe #Zimbabwe #Africa #TheGuardianNg

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Virgil Abloh, 37, Ghana

“The foundation of his value, or branding, is humanity itself, not a superficial trick.”Takashi Murakami

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Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, Kenya

“Nice is an extraordinary example of young African girls standing up for themselves.”Jaha Dukureh

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