Thursday, April 16, 2015

Meet the Africans on this year's TIME 100 list

American publication - TIME Magazine just published it's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the past years, they have had the likes of Oscar Pistorious (my how things change) Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and many others mentioned from the continent. So who are the African's on this year's list mentioned in the same breath as Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and Kevin Hart? Meet them below...

Dr. Jerry Brown
Actor Idris Elba wrote "He (Dr. Brown) took action and stopped people from dying of Ebola. Through his work as medical director of the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, and in the face of skepticism and misunderstanding, he trained, taught and treated waves of people who came to his hospital.Read more about his efforts in Liberia here

Chris Ofili
The son of Nigerian immigrants, TIME Magazine states: Chris Ofili’s extraordinary talent is to speak about contemporary issues through the romance of painting. Read more here.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
'It’s the rare novelist who in the space of a year finds her words sampled by BeyoncĂ©, optioned by Lupita Nyong’o and honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. But the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is just that sort of novelist' Yeah, she's kinda of BIG DEAL. I am so excited for her!

The new President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
"Muhammadu Buhari made history in March by becoming the first candidate to oust a sitting Nigerian President through the ballot box." 

Obiageli Ezekwesili
In the aftermath of the nearly 300 mainly Christian girls were abducted from Chibok by the Islamist militant group Boko HaramEzekwesili was instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media, which trended internationally. She had on 23 April, at the opening ceremony for a UNESCO event honouring the city ofPort Harcourt as the 2014 World Book Capital city urged Nigerians to not just tweet but actively participate in efforts to "bring back our girls"

Abudakar Shekau

The violent leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau

The TIME 10o gala will be held on April 21st in New York City.  You can see the full 100 list here. Did they miss anyone? Who would you have added or changed on the list. 


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