The list has 40 of the continent’s top celebrities of the moment and Tuku is the only one from Zimbabwe cited by the magazine.
Forbes Magazine is an international publication that runs quite some rare insights into celebrity life and riches of worldwide personalities including politicians and sports persons among others. The magazine is viewed as a credible source of news and financial information.
Forbes Magazine said the process to choose the celebrities involved going through the nominations for the individuals with the highest numbers of votes and then measuring their media visibility regarding their exposure in print, television, radio and online number of website references on Google.
Closer to Zimbabwe, South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka was listed as number eight and Hugh Masekela number 24. Neill Blomkamp a movie director, also from South Africa, came out number 21 and pop group Freshlyground is at number 31.
The list is topped by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, musician Youssour Ndour (Senegal), footballer Didier Drogba (Cote D’voire), musician Angelique Kidjoe (Benin Republic), musician Akon (Senegal), playwright Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) and musician Salif Keita (Mali).
Tuku, speaking through his publicist Shepherd Mutamba, said the news of the listing was a humbling experience.
“The listing serves to reaffirm the values of ubuntu that I uphold and also confirms that my music and its messages are getting through to the people and conveying positive influences to the people of the world, “said Tuku.
He added: “I know I am an African artist but to be ranked 12th out of 40 other African celebrities is entirely humbling. It’s a total surprise for me. I dedicate the acknowledgement to God, may fans all over the world, my wife Daisy and family. I am proud to have been born in the Mtukudzi family.”
Tuku recently celebrated his 59thbirthday and has recorded 60 albums. He is a philanthropist who has devoted his life to promoting the well-being of disadvantaged children and women.
Various international organizations have honored him for his humanitarian work key among them the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who conferred him with the Goodwill Ambassador status for Eastern and Southern Africa where his focal area of work is advocacy in HIV and AIDS programmes.
Also Tuku operates an arts development centre Pakare Paye, in Norton near Harare, that works with young artists across art forms and he personally funds the project