Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua is one of several Kenyans named in the list of Africa’s top 100 most reputable personalities.
An elated Dr Mutua expressed his gratitude via social media after leading Global Reputation-Management Consulting Company, Reputation Poll, released its inaugural list of 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2018.
“I am deeply humbled to feature in the Reputation Poll 2018 most reputable Africans. It’s gratifying to know that our firm crusade in promoting our culture, national aspirations and morality through content regulation is being acknowledged and appreciated locally, continentally and globally,” said Mutua.
Mutua, whose efforts in fighting indecent content in media have earned him the nickname ‘Moral Policeman’, was named in the list alongside powerful personalities including current and former African presidents.
The list which features individuals from diverse sectors including Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education and Business has a representation from 33 African Countries with 55 males and 45 females.
Nigeria tops the list with 21 individuals followed by South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana respectively.
Besides Ezekiel Mutua, Kenya has been well represented by former Tatuu singer and current CEO of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Angela Ndambuki, Chief Justice David Maraga, Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, media personality Julie Gichuru, Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o, PLO Lumumba, and others.
Reputationpoll.com said the persons featured carry great potency in the vigor of their social impact, as well as Social Entrepreneurs who are transforming businesses in Africa and affecting lives positively without controversy.
Mutua, who was among the first to react to the list, acknowledged KFCB’s efforts for the nomination.
“Our continued efforts at the Kenya Film Classification Board to ensure clean content in the film and broadcast sector are without a doubt the reason for this nomination. With three presidents, two former presidents, two vice presidents and other national and international leaders on the list, this is more than an honour to me and the Board I serve. I am sincerely grateful for the honour and thank everyone who has supported our campaign for clean content.”
He then went on to add, “It is gratifying to see that the global community acknowledges our little efforts for positive social change in Kenya, particularly the campaign on child-online safety in the wake of emerging technologies. As we continue to fight for what is right for our children we believe that children are the future and we have a duty to ensure that their moral perspectives are not ruined through premature exposure to adult content.
“To my colleagues at KFCB, the Government and people of Kenya, I say a big thank you for your support. May we be constantly reminded that nations rise or fall on the basis of their morals. The nomination wouldn’t have been possible without the enormous support of the Board, staff and management of the KFCB, our parent ministry of Sports and Heritage and the Government of Kenya. This nomination is a testament that our crusade for moral and cultural transformation through film and broadcast sector is important and must be sustained to ensure that the media become credible agents of positive social change. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”