On Tuesday, Time magazine unveiled its annual list of teenagers who are influencing their peers in unique ways. That includes celebrities like the Jenner sisters and Zendaya, but also everyday kids who have proven to be more extraordinary than ordinary. In choosing this year’s honorees, Time says it looked at “accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.”
There is no ranking, with everyone selected presented with equal value. The youngest honoree is 13, while the oldest is 19. In addition to the Jenners and Zendaya, other famous names who made the cut include Bethany Mota, Maisie Williams, Bindi Irwin, Silento, Ariel Winter, Jaden Smith, Shawn Mendes, Amandla Stenberg, Rowan Blanchard, Maddie Ziegler, and Malia Obama.
Also included are transgender 15-year-old Jazz Jennings and Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teen who was arrested last month when his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. And being selected marks a double honor for Malala Yousafzai, because she also made the regular “Time 100″ list of influential people earlier this year. She is also a repeat teen honoree.
Most Influential Teens in Kenya
In Kenya we also have various teens who are influential in their various fields. However this should not be confused with “popularity in social media”. Locally one of the most influential teen we have is Seth Gor. Seth, 19, is a colorful personalty who has a following over 20,000. He is influential in that whatever he says goes, if he goes for an event, be guaranteed that his followers will be right behind him.
Beautiful Mercy, 19, a young inventor is making major strides in her field. Sigey developed a device that notifies park officials when poachers cross into the reserves. Along with her classmates, Sigey built a simple sensor that can detect movement in a nine-meter radius. This innovation landed her a spot at The he United Nations Social Good Summit in 2014. She has numerous followers on her website and facebook page.
Shaq the Youngin
He started off hosting a Vlog where he would host young people discussing issues that affect them. Shaq The Youngin is a USIU student and a Vlogger. The young lad is also a host at USIU FM. Shaq is now a presenter on KTN where he hosts a segment on the teen talk show YOLO alongside Loisa Hannigan. He has curved himself a niche among the teens as a fashion and lifestyle influencer.
We want to hear from you, who do you feel deserves the title of “Most Influential Teen 2015″ in Kenya