President Ruto included in TIME100’s list of the world’s most influential individuals in 2024.


Kenyan President William Ruto has been named to American prestigious magazine TIME’s annual TIME100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The magazine says his recognition stems from his concerted efforts in climate change. “Ruto has emerged as a key voice of Africa’s climate ambitions, hosting a summit in Nairobi last September that drew leaders from around the globe. The event concluded with a unanimous agreement from African countries in attendance to rapidly expand renewable energy over the next decade, aided by $23 billion in pledges to catalyze the continent’s climate goals.” The magazine writes.

“His call for lenders to relieve the debt burden faced by some African countries, thus opening the door for spending on climate solutions, has also made waves.” It adds.

The American publication however notes the economical and social struggles that the president is faced with back at home. “Ruto’s new prominence on the international stage comes amid significant challenges in Kenya, including last summer’s protests against the rising cost of living and a gas-tax increase Ruto spearheaded, as well as this January’s demonstrations against allegations of judicial interference.” The magazine noted.

It further called on Ruto to replicate his international brilliance with his people, “to continue to make progress abroad, Ruto will need to manage challenges at home too.” It says.

The TIME100 list, compiled by the American magazine TIME, recognizes the impact, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Another Kenyan personality on the 2024 ranking include SHOFCO CEO, Kennedy Odede. Others named include Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang , Russian public figure Yulia Navalnaya and American football quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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