Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu is among the 100 rising stars that made it to the first ever TIME 100 Next list, which spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science and more. TIME 100 Next is an extension of Time Magazine’s annual list of power players and influences around the globe.
Notably, Ugandan musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine and South Sudanese born Australian supermodel Adut Akech also made it to the list.
Wanuri is well known for directing the controversial movie Rafiki, which was initially banned in the country for depiction of same sex relationship.
“Wanuri has the vision, wild imagination and depth to deliver—and her films have a knack for casting a spell,” The Time article reads.
Bobi Wine, a fierce critic of long serving Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, made it to international limelight for his brave stance against the Ugandan leader despite the numerous threats on his life, family and friends. The 37-year-old is a member of parliament and recently announced his presidential bid and will likely face off with the incumbent President Museveni, who has been in power for 33 years.
This is exceedingly humbling. Dedicating this recognition to the young people of Uganda, esp the ghetto youth. May this be a reminder & encouragement that you're not what your detractors say you are. You are what you choose to be! https://t.co/xPqpgym81e pic.twitter.com/ML1WTNUfvJ
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) November 14, 2019
The other familiar face, Adut Akech, is a supermodel and is known for her concerted efforts to make the fashion industry more inclusive. Born in South Sudan her family flee to Kenya and later on to Australia. She has featured on international Vogue covers.