100 most influential Twitter users in Africa

The following Twitter list is based on 3 key metrics: Popularity (measured by the number of Retweets and Likes users get), Reach (measured by the size of their audience), and Relevance (measured by the relevancy of their content).

Twitter users are ranked in increasing order of importance, just to make sure you read it until the very end (GOOD LUCK, hope you make it)! 😉

Enjoy and drop us a comment to share your favourite Africa influencers!

100. Jeffrey Gettleman (@gettleman)

East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times, Pulitzer winner in 2012.

99. Africa24 Media (@a24media)

Africa 24 produces compelling content that makes people want to peek, or gawk, or listen up. Our video creates emotion. Our shows make you think.

98. Scapegoat (@andiMakinana)

Parliament Reporter for @City_Press. Yin’ indaba, niqalelani ndingakafiki?

97. Africa Check (@AfricaCheck)

Africa’s first independent fact-checking website, using journalistic skills to hold leaders to account.

96. James Copnall (@JamesCopnall)

Author, A Poisonous Thorn in our Hearts, on #Sudan, #SouthSudan. Ex- BBC Sudans correspondent. Journalist. Editor, Making Sense of the Sudans.

95. Online Africa (@oafrica)

Tracks and supports Africa’s Internet progress. Mobile too. Loves data. Doesn’t take bandwidth for granted.

94. Patrick Ngowi (@PatrickNgowi)

African Entrepreneur.

93. DOS African Affairs (@StateAfrica)

Updates by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of African Affairs on U.S.-Africa foreign policy.

92. MoadowAJE (@Moadow)

Senior Al Jazeera Correspondent. All views here are my own.

91. Brendan Boyle (@BrendanSAfrica)

South African researcher, reporter, editor, analyst and commentator on politics, the economy and land rights.

90. City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane)

Welcome to the City of Tshwane, an African City of excellence, the seat of South African government and the capital city of the rainbow nation.

89. VISI Magazine (@VISI_Mag)

South Africa’s premium decor, design and architecture magazine.

88. andBeyond (@andBeyondSafari)

andBeyond designs personalised safaris and tours in Africa and South Asia, owning 33 luxury safari lodges in top wildlife destinations.

87. This Is Africa (@ThisIsAfricaTIA)

This Is Africa – Life, music, sounds and colour from the streets of urban Africa.

86. Sarah Carter (@sarzss)

CBS News Johannesburg Bureau Chief; investigator. Canadian working for Americans hired out of UK based in South Africa!

85. The EIU Africa team (@TheEIU_Africa)

Official tweets from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s team of analysts, giving our take on what’s happening in Africa. Journalists: get in touch for comment.

84. Investing In Africa (@InvestInAfrica)

Info and analysis for Africa investors.

83. Barry Malone (@malonebarry)

Online editor, Al Jazeera English | Used to wander east Africa and other places for Reuters | Tweet international news nuggets, occasional nonsense | Irish.

82. ARTsouthAFRICA (@artsouthafrica)

Showcasing contemporary art, design and popular culture from Africa, for Africa, by Africa!

81. Kahn Morbee (@KahnMorbee)

Singer/Songwriter – @parlotones and muchlovekahn.

80. Jamal Osman (@JamalMOsman)

Multi award-winning African journalist and filmmaker, based in London. I work with ITN/Channel 4 News (UK).

79. iamsuede™ (@iamsuede)

Writer International Correspondent MetroFM Senior Television Producer POP LIFE IG: iamsuede Email:

78. Mike Stopforth (@mikestopforth)

CEO at @cerebra. Author of #BrandSchizo. Speaker. Proud South African. Download free eBooks at Don’t be kak.

77. Equal Education (@equal_education)

A movement striving for quality and equality in South Africa’s education system through analysis and activism. Every generation has its struggle #fixourschools.

76. Tristan McConnell (@t_mcconnell)

Foreign correspondent | Photographer.

75. Kate Forbes (@forbeesta)

Emmy win for reportage from CAR. Senior producer, BBC News. Writing and photography at (Retweets are not endorsements).

74. Vanessa Raphaely (@hurricanevaness)

Ex-Content Director of @CosmopolitanSA, @marieclaire_sa @HouseLeisureSA, @GoodHouseSA. Now sitting under a tree. Scheming.

73. Karen Allen (@BBCKarenAllen)

BBC Foreign Correspondent covering Africa and Afghanistan. Views my own.

72. Jax Panik (@jaxpanik)

Oddball collective. Hit makers. Controlling minds with music. Who is Jax Panik?

71. This Is Africa (@thisisafrica)

Publication from the Financial Times Ltd, seeks to examine African business and politics in a global context.

70. Audi South Africa (@audisouthafrica)

This is the official Twitter account of Audi South Africa. Find out about our latest news, projects, car launches, shows, special offers & competitions.

69. ONE (@ONEinAfrica)

The @ONEcampaign Africa organisation taking action to end extreme poverty, AIDS & preventable diseases, expand agriculture and demand greater transparency.

68. Hamza Mohamed (@Hamza_Africa)

Al Jazeera English Journalist | Ex BBC | Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa | Chelsea fan | RTs / MTs not endorsement.

67. drew hinshaw (@drewfhinshaw)

Throwing one-man 1990s R&B dance parties in the hotel room, when I’m not covering West Africa for The Wall Street Journal. Reach out:

66. Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie)

African Tech Entrepreneur. Founder & CEO @AppsTech. Board member @ActivSpaces @VC4Africa cofounder @CameroonAngels @ABANAngels.

65. marais (@cx73)

Architect | Sportsman | Looking for the next exciting challenge…

64. George Ayittey (@ayittey)

Native of Ghana, Economics Professor, Author and President, Free Africa Foundation, in Washington, DC.

63. Mercedes-Benz SA (@MercedesBenz_SA)

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global company, Daimler AG.

62. Africa Gathering (@africagathering)

First all-inclusive platform featuring problems solvers, thinkers, technophiles, women, doers, investors to come and share positive ideas about Africa.

61. okayafrica (@okayafrica)

NEW AFRICAN =music::culture::fashion::art::politics= ALL IN ONE PLACE.

60. Mary Harper (@mary_harper)

Africa Editor, BBC World Service & author of Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War & Hope in a Shattered State. Views my own, not BBC’s. Posts are not endorsements.

59. Save the Rhino (@savetherhino)

Save the Rhino works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.

58. africa @pressfreedom (@africamedia_CPJ)

@pressfreedom advocates in support of journalists on the frontlines in Africa.

57. TechCentral (@TechCentral)

South Africa’s best technology journalism.

56. GautengGovt (@GautengProvince)

Working hard each day to improve the lives of citizens of South Africa’s economic hub and beyond.

55. Abdi Aynte (@Aynte)

Minister of planning & international cooperation of #Somalia. Ex director of @hipsinstitute. Ex Al Jazeera, BBC & VOA journalist. Global nomad. Usual caveats.

54. Daniel Howden (@daniel_howden)

Tech newcomer @Workable. Recovering journalist, formerly of Economist & Guardian. Interests include Africa & Greece.

53. Ranger Diaries (@rangerdiaries)

Best Photographic and Environmental Blog in South Africa 2011, 2012, 2013. Instagram @rangerdiaries.

52. The Star (@TheStar_news)

Links to all the stories from South Africa’s most influential daily newspaper. For live tweets from our reporters, follow @ReporterStar.

51. James Schneider (@schneiderhome)

Editorial Director @NewAfricanMag. Was founding editor @ThinkAfricaFeed. Write, talk, think for various media. Views my own or recycled from somewhere better.

50. Afrinnovator (@Afrinnovator)

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Africa. Top 10 @africavoicesCNN Tech Voice to Follow on Twitter. Book:

49. theafricareport (@theafricareport)

The Africa Report is an award-winning magazine that goes beyond the headlines to bring you fresh perspective on the ideas, events and people shaping Africa.

48. City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA)

47. Think Africa Press (@ThinkAfricaFeed)

The pan-African news analysis site.

46. Africa The Good News (@AfricaGoodNews)

Offering a fresh perspective on Africa, a continent of hope and opportunity. Click here for a sample of our book:

45. will ross (@willintune)

BBC Nigeria Correspondent. Music eater and player. Liverpool fan. Views my own.

44. CNBC Africa (@cnbcafrica)

Find breaking news, multimedia, videos, reviews and opinions on African business, finance, private equity infrastructure and more. Watch CNBC Africa on DStv 410.

43. HowWeMadeItInAfrica (@MadeItInAfrica)

How we made it in Africa – insight into business in Africa. Subscribe to daily email updates:

42. Africa Research Inst (@AfricaResearch)

Africa Research Institute is a non-partisan think tank based in London. We aim to reflect, understand and build on the dynamism in Africa today.

41. FoodBlog Cape Town (@FoodBlogCT)

A place for us to create, comment & discuss the restaurant vibe in CT! Contact us to add your restaurant to FoodBlogCT. (Sister to @FoodblogJHB & @FoodblogDBN).

40. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi)

EFF National Spokesperson & Commissar Responsible for Communications – @EconFreedomZA Economic Freedom In Our Life Time. Supporter of BDS – Free Palestine!

39. AfricaProgressPanel (@africaprogress)

Chaired by Kofi Annan, the ten-member Africa Progress Panel advocates at the highest levels for equitable and #sustainable #development in #Africa.

38. IFC Africa (@IFCAfrica)

Supporting a dynamic private sector in Sub-Saharan Africa through investments, advisory services, and investment mobilization. Member of World Bank Group.

37. Henley Africa (@HenleyAfrica)

Welcome to Henley in Africa – the only global business school in Africa with international triple accreditation. Truly local, truly global, truly life-changing.

36. The New Age (@The_New_Age)

The New Age Newspaper, South Africa’s national printed publication.

35. Geoffrey York (@geoffreyyork)

Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail; based in Johannesburg but traveling across Africa;

34. Entrepreneur Mag SA (@Entrepreneur_SA)

Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa – The ultimate how-to guide for starting & improving a business. T&Cs (

33. Forbes Africa (@forbesafrica)

Africa’s Most Influential Business Magazine.

32. IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica)

We are a permanent body created by the Constitution to manage free and fair elections at all levels of government.

31. Arthur Goldstuck (@art2gee)

Writer on tech trends and urban legends, run World Wide Worx, publish Gadget magazine. Love soccer, SF, single malt, comics, music.

30. Jendayi E Frazer (@JendayiFrazer)

Africa, Dev, Security Expert; Prof, Carnegie Mellon Univ; Former Asst Secretary of State for African Affairs & U.S. Amb to South Africa; Advisor.

29. Peter Greste (@PeterGreste)

AL Jazeera correspondent free at last after 400 days in an Egyptian prison.

28. Disaster Operations (@NDOCKenya)

The Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre manages and coordinates disaster response at a national level. Email Call +254-20-2212386.

27. Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn)

Official Twitter account of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which supports good governance and great leadership in Africa. #IIAG #MIFPrize RT ≠ endorsement.

26. Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA)

The official twitter feed of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. We pass laws, oversee executive action & facilitate public participation.

25. Sandton City (@SandtonCity)

One of South Africa’s leading & most prestigious shopping centres in the heart of Sandton Johannesburg. +27 (11) 2176000.

24. African Union (@_AfricanUnion)

For an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Official page of the AU. Tweets signed NDZ, are by the Chairperson.

23. Gert-Johan Coetzee (@gertjohan)

Fashion designer who believes you can never dream too big. All about glitz, glamour, bright lights and red carpets.

22. David Smith (@SmithInAfrica)

Africa correspondent of The Guardian newspaper (UK).

21. Ray Hartley (@hartleyr)

Works at Times Media – Editor Rand Daily Mail –  – Takes pictures, writes articles. Author of Ragged Glory.

20. Live Amp (@liveamp)

South Africa’s freshest music show Fridays at 9PM on Sabc1. Hosted by Luthando Shosha, Pearl Thusi and Dj Warras. IG: thisisliveamp Repeat on Tuesdays at 00:00.

19. Samsung South Africa (@SamsungSA)

Your official source for Samsung products and news. For help: or call 0860 726 7864.

18. Bob Skinstad (@BobSkinstad)

I am a retired pro rugby player, happy hubby and dad, very keen outdoor and general sports fan! This stream is my own.

17. Camfed (@Camfed)

Camfed works to break the cycle of poverty and disease in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in economic and leadership opportunities for young women.

16. andrew harding (@BBCAndrewH)

BBC Africa correspondent. Based in Joburg.

15. Euphonik™♛ (@euphonik)

South African DJ / Producer & Entrepreneur. C: / +27797993736.

14. Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV)

Anthropologist ∞ Social & Environmental Activist. Humanitarian Campaigner: Radio | TV | Print | Web | Digital Media. One human race. One love. One with nature.

13. John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie)

John Robbie hosts the breakfast show, 6am – 9am, on Talk Radio 702.

12. Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA)

The official Cricket South Africa Twitter profile. CSA are the custodians of cricket in South Africa. Facebook:

11. MTV Base Africa (@MTVbaseAfrica)

MTV Base Africa on Twitter – follow and unite Africa through music!

10. Computicket (@Computicket)

Computicket – The Ticket You Can Trust.

9. loyiso gola (@loyisogola)

Two time Emmy nominated comedian from South Africa.

8. 5FM (@5FM)

The entertainment powerhouse for South African youth, offering the most popular contemporary music and entertainment. Instagram 5FM.

7. mailandguardian (@mailandguardian)

Get personalised tweets from the Mail & Guardian team. For an automated feed of all our stories follow @mgfeed.

6. Helen Zille (@helenzille)

Western Cape Premier and Former Leader of South Africa’s Official Opposition Party: The Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA).

5. Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema)

Commander in Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters [EFF] and a Revolutionary activist for radical change in Africa.

4. News24 (@News24)

News24 is Southern Africa and Africa’s premier online news resource reaching over 2.3 million local users each month.

3. Jacob G. Zuma (@SAPresident)

President of the Republic of South Africa.

2. Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff)

1. Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah)

Comedian from South Africa. I was in the crowd when Rafiki held Simba over the edge of the cliff, like an African Michael Jackson.

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11 Responses to 100 most influential Twitter users in Africa

  1. Marius de Vos March 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    andiMakinana with 4360 fake followers. C’on try to do some research before you post your stats.

  2. Marius de Vos March 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Africa24Media with 7544 fake followers…….fake!

  3. Marius de Vos March 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Trever Noah with 40% fake followers and surely more bought from eastern block follow harvesters. The amount of followers do not make you an influencer. You need to look at reach and people inter acting with that person. Take their score and their tweet audit and mocumax score in consideration if you make up your list.

  4. Marius de Vos March 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    Before you add people to your list you actually need to run twitteraudit to see the amount of fake followers in their list. Anyone can buy followers.

    • Michael Theys March 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi Marius,

      Thanks for your comments.

      Sure people have fake followers, but who doesn’t? There’s millions out there…

      I’ve used various tools to come up with that list. It’s not perfect for sure, and you’re more than welcome to send your suggestions…

  5. Fidelis Mbah July 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    I disagree. This can pass as a Southern Africa assessment of twitter users. No sentiments but I feel you left out a lot of influential twitter users. More than half on those on your list can’t make top hundred if properly researched – my opinion.

    • Michael Theys July 24, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Fidelis,

      Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated! 🙂

      While I do agree that a lot of them originate from South Africa, this is the best I could come up with!

      What would your top 100 look like?

      Look forward to reading it…

  6. jen June 2, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Thanks for this! But you missed out @Omojuwa, @ToluOgunlesi, @KenyaPundit, @africapractice, @VenturesAfrica…. there are very influential twitter users/tweeps in Africa.

    • Michael Theys June 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      Thanks a lot Jen, some of them are indeed very influential… yet I couldn’t possibly include everyone on the list! 😉

      Btw, can’t seem to find @KenyaPundit… name change?

      Cheers! 🙂

      • Jen June 4, 2015 at 11:11 am #

        Increase the numbers or give us a part 2 🙂 And oh, it is @kenyanpundit… apologies for the misspell.

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