Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Taking down the cliché's one by one.
A leading light among young African authors storming the bastions of international literature, Chimamanda Adichie also carries the baton for her mentor Chinua Achebe, in whose house she has lived in eastern Nigeria.
Six decades after Achebe broke down publishers' scepticism about African writing with his debut novel Things Fall Apart, Adichie's novel on Nigeria's civil war, Half of a Yellow Sun, situated African history on the world stage and opened thousands of eyes; millions more will see the forthcoming film.
Describing herself as a "happy black African feminist", Adichie takes on colonialism, racism and sexism with humour and deadly accuracy. She is truly Achebe's heir and an inspiration to many.
Our list of influential people in Africa will certainly be disagreed with. Why is this fantastic woman not included? How could this master-of-the-universe have been forgotten? This debate is certainly...