South Africa’s award-winning entrepreneur, founder and chief of DNA Brand Architects, Sylvester Chauke, has made the 2018 list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
The founder of this fast-growing marketing and brand consultancy made the list in the Business category which consists of only 10 entrepreneurs and leaders from different countries on the African continent, two of which are South Africans. These are Mr Chauke and MMI Holdings’ CMO, Nontokozo Madonsela.
“Too often, we hear about the doom and gloom of the African continent and its youth, so it is wonderful that there is a movement that highlights entrepreneurs and leaders on the continent, moving us forward into a narrative of excellence and innovation” says Chauke. “Being part of only two South Africans in the business category of influential young people in Africa is humbling. I do however wish that the business category had an even stronger representation, understanding the dire need and challenges, particularly in my country where youth unemployment is at a staggering 47%!”
Now in its 3rd year, the annual prestigious list features young politicians, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, digital influencers, philanthropists & athletes across 10 distinct categories who are blazing various trails and promoting the positive image of Africa across the globe.
More of South Africa’s cream of the crop who made the list in other categories include politician and scholar, Dr. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and member of the DA’s KZN legislature, Mbali Ntuli in the Law & Governance category alongside, Medical Officer Dr. Sandile Kubheka in the Science and Technology category and philanthropist, Nomzamo Mbatha in the Lifestyle category.
“Not only is it amazing to be on the list of Africa’s best, but I’m more moved by the fact that the current list features a record 90 new entrants and 43 females. Young Africans are positively positioning the image of Africa on the global stage and it goes beyond just rhetoric, but it is supported by great businesses and a sustainable ecosystem that adds to much needed innovation and job creation on our continent” adds Chauke.
Peers have recognized Chauke on numerous platforms in his entrepreneurial journey. Amongst others being, GQ Most Influential Young Leader, The All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year, SA Premier Business Young Business of the Year, to name a few. Chauke is a Harambe Entrepreneurs Alliance fellow and an Alumni and Advisory Council member for the WEF Global Shaper Community. Chauke also sits as a board member of the SA State Theatre and Chair of the Institutional Development committee within the institution.
The list was compiled in partnership with Avance Media, mynaijanaira.com & Made Marketing Group presents an opportunity for young Africans to stay committed to their individual causes and continue to blaze trails across their various fields.