Collage - 50 Most Influential Young Tanzanians including Millard Ayo

Millard Ayo & 49 Other Most Influential Young Tanzanians

This post is about the current 50 Most Influential Young Tanzanians. This year, someone else, knocks Millard Ayo (of and Ayo TV) out of first place.

It’s already been a year since I published this post about the 50 Most Influential Young Tanzanians of 2018.

A year later, a new ranking is out, covering the duration of last year.

Are you keen to know who the most influential young Tanzanians of last year were?

If so, I won’t keep you waiting. Here you go!

Mbwana Samatta Knocks Millard Ayo Out of First Place

Mbwana Samatta beats out Millard Ayo

Aston Villa and Taifa Stars captain & skipper, Mbwana Ally Samatta has been voted the Most Influential Young Tanzanian for a second time in the annual ranking poll organized by PR & Rating firm, Avance Media.

Mbwana first won the ranking in 2017, the year it was launched, while he was playing for K.R.C. Genk, a Belgian professional football club.

He then went on to earn second position in 2018 and is now back at the top of the ranking after becoming the English Premier League’s first Tanzanian-born player.

Mbwana, who started his career as a youth player for Tanzanian soccer club African Lyon, is greatly admired for his sterling career and influence on young people in Tanzania, hence his winning the vote for Most Influential Young Tanzanian a second time.

Mbwana was followed closely by Millard Ayo, 2018 Most Influential Young Tanzanian & CEO of Ayo TV; District Commissioner for Kisarawe, Jokate Mwegelo; musician Diamond Platnumz; and Rebecca Gyumi, founder of the Msichana Initiative.

Together, these formed the top 5 influential young Tanzanians of last year.

District Commissioner for Kisarawe, Jokate Mwegelo, who was nominated in the Law & Governance category, also received a nod as the most influential female on the list for the second year in a row.

Most Influential Female - 2019 50 Most Influential Young Tanzanian

According to Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah, “the ranking which celebrates young people annually features 50 inspiring change-makers and leaders making great strides in diverse industries as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, public servants and politicians."

Profiles of all honourees can be found at

Millard Ayo and Other Category Winners

Below are winners in the various categories:

Carol Ndosi
Carol Ndosi
  1. Business – Carol Ndosi (CEO, Alta Vista Events)
  2. EntertainmentDiamond Platnumz (Musician)
  3. Law & Governance – Jokate Mwegelo (District Commissioner, Kisarawe)
  4. Leadership & Civil Society – Suzan Lucas Yumbe (Founder, Afyaplus Organization)
  5. Lifestyle – Idris Sultan (Comedian)
  6. Media – Millard Ayo (CEO, Ayo TV)
  7. Personal Development & Academia – Joel Nanauka (Speaker)
  8. Science & Technology – Carolyne Ekyarisiima (CEO, Apps and Girls)
  9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Rebeca Gyumi (CEO, Msichana Initiative)
  10. Sports – Mbwana Samatta (Aston Villa FC)
Millard Ayo
Millard Ayo

The List

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2019 50 Most Influential Young Tanzanians:

  1. Mbwana Samatta (Aston Villa FC)
  2. Millard Ayo (CEO, Ayo TV)
  3. Jokate Mwegelo (District Commissioner, Kisarawe)
  4. Diamond Platnumz (Musician)

    Diamond Platnumz
    Diamond Platinumz
  5. Rebeca Gyumi (CEO, Msichana Initiative)
  6. Idris Sultan (Comedian)
  7. Joel Nanauka (Speaker)
  8. Flaviana Matata (Model)
  9. Suzan Lucas Yumbe (Founder, Afyaplus Organization)
  10. Harmonize (Musician)
  11. Carol Ndosi (CEO, Alta Vista Events)
  12. Epiphania Kimaro (Writer & speaker)
  13. Jebra Kambole (Lawyer )
  14. Rahma Mwita (Writer & speaker)
  15. Carolyne Ekyarisiima (CEO, Apps and Girls)
  16. Judith Kitinga (Activist)
  17. Kennedy Mmari (CEO, Serengeti Bytes)
  18. Ali Khatau (CEO, LyfPlus)
  19. Kamala Dickson Mwombeki (Activist)
  20. Isaya Yunge (CEO, GOODSAM Technologies)
  21. Nandy (Musician)
  22. Michael Paul Mollel (CEO, Jimz Technologies Co. Ltd)Michael Paul Mollel
  23. Sajjad Fazel (Dr.) (CEO, Afya Yako)
  24. Brigitha Faustin (CEO, OBRI Tanzania)
  25. Romy Jons (DJ)
  26. Felix Manyogote (CEO, MaMa Afya Initiative)
  27. Salha Kibwana (Co-founder, Her Africa)
  28. Paul Makonda (Regional Commissioner, Dar es Salaam)
  29. Lillian Secelela Madeje (Founder, Ekihya)
  30. Rahma Bajun (CEO, MnM Clothing)
  31. Henry Mathayo (CEO, Health Initiative Afrika)
  32. Petrider Paul (Youth Advisory Council, African Union)
  33. John Bocco (Simba SC)
  34. Sam Misago (Presenter, Sam Misago)
  35. Nyakorema Rioba (CEO, EECO Initiative)
  36. Peter Paul Siniga (SDGs Champion)
  37. Hamisi Mandi B Dozen (Presenter, Clouds Media)
  38. Doreen Peter Noni (CEO, 102.5 Lake FM)
  39. Navy Kenzo (Musician)
  40. Wilhelm Caspar Oddo (Founder, NLab Innovation Academy)
  41. Hellen Dausen (CEO, Nuya’s Essence)
  42. Stephen Msechu (Managing Partner, LawAge Consult)
  43. Charles Lupali (Animator)
  44. Alphonce Simbu (Athlete)
  45. Rayvanny (Musician)
  46. Juliana Shonza (Deputy Information Minister)
  47. Adi Yussuf (Solihull Moors)
  48. James Mangu (Blogger)
  49. Thomas Ulimwengu (JS Saoura)
  50. Perfect Crispin (Presenter, Clouds FM)

About The Ranking

This ranking was spearheaded by Avance Media in partnership with Reset Global People, VIPI State, Jagari Designs, Surge Studios, WatsUp TV, Asuavo Security and Cliq Africa.

For more information visit or email [email protected], tel: +233-242307379.

There you’ve got it, folks! These are currently the most influential young Tanzanians. What do you think about this ranking?

I’d love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

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