Sarkodie Listed Among Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 2017 Global List

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The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 2017 under 40 Global List is out and a number of Ghanaians including rap artist and CEO of SarkCess Music, Sarkodie made the cut.

The list which recognizes the positive contributions made by people of African descent in public and private sectors worldwide had Ghanaians namely Michael Owusu Addo (Sarkodie), Ashifi Gogo, Farida Bedwei, Bernice Dapaah, Fred Swaniker and Afua Osei.

The list makes room for people in the following categories, Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture, Religious & Humanitarian.

The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 is a global initiative in support of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent.

The Decade, to be observed from 2015 to 2024, was proclaimed by the United Nations (General Assembly resolution 68/237), with the goal of strengthening national, regional and international action for the protection of human rights for people of African descent worldwide. The Decade also aims to promote greater knowledge of and respect for the contributions of people of African descent to societies.

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.

An Awards Dinner in honor of the ‘MIPAD Class of 2017’ is slated for September 26th, 2017 in New York City, following the closing of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Former U.S. President Barack Obama and current UN Secretary-General António Guterres are expected to attend as keynote speakers.

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MIPAD is a unique global list that identifies, in total, 200 outstanding individuals under 40, with 100 inside Africa, 100 outside Africa in the Diaspora.

Others who made the list include South African rapper AKA and Senefalese born American based musician, Akon.

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