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TIME 100: Tony Elumelu, Tunji Funsho, Tomi Adeyemi, More Make List

TIME Magazine have revealed its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Tony Elumelu, Tunji Funsho and Tomi Adeyemi were among the notable Nigerians named on the list.

Tony Elumelu

Tony Elumelu’s entry was written by Aliko Dangote, it reads;

“A mere handshake says a lot about Tony Elumelu. His gritty grip underlines his charming, tenacious personality: a man who hardly backs down from any challenge. The same engaging qualities have propelled him from a modest beginning in Nigeria to becoming chair of the United Bank of Africa, and one of the most innovative and ambitious business leaders of his generation.

He is a leading proponent of “Africapitalism,” a belief that Africa’s private sector can and must play a leading role in the continent’s development through long-term investments, as well as entrepreneurship and regional connectivity.

After deepening the financial market in Africa, he has found an equally important niche: giving a voice of hope to millions of youths across Africa. Tony has harnessed Africa’s youth bulge to catalyze development and protect the future, committing to investing $5,000 each in 1,000 young entrepreneurs per year across 54 countries in Africa. Having come so far, Tony still forges on, striking a fine balance between personal satisfaction and societal impact.”

Dangote is the president of Dangote Industries Ltd.

Tunji Funsho

Tunji Funsho Is on the 2020 TIME 100 List | TIME

Tunji Funsho’s entry was written by Klugger, it reads;

“It’s not often an entire continent eradicates a disease, but on Aug. 25, 2020, that happened when Nigeria was declared polio-free, clearing the virus from its last redoubt in all of Africa. The person who did more than any other to drive polio to continent-wide extinction was Dr. Tunji Funsho, a former cardiologist and now the chair of Rotary International’s polio-­eradication program in Nigeria.

Funsho could have retired years ago, but in 2013, with polio still paralyzing children across Nigeria, he decided to step up to lead the Rotarians’ effort. Together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO, the CDC and UNICEF, Funsho and Rotary helped lead National Immunization Days, getting millions of doses of the polio vaccine to children in cities and villages around the nation. They also sponsored health-­education initiatives at community centers, mosques and even birthday parties. This summer, the country marked four years without a case of wild polio, qualifying it for its polio-free certification, leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan as the only places in the world in which polio remains endemic.

“Certification will be an achievement,” Funsho told TIME in 2018. “But we’re not in a hurry for that. We’re in a hurry to make sure no child is paralyzed.” In Nigeria and in Africa as a whole, that moment has arrived.”

Kluger is a TIME editor at large

Tomi Adeyemi

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Tomi Adeyemi’s entry was written by John Boyega, it reads;

“When someone told me about Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, describing it as a cross between Harry Potter, theChronicles of Narnia and Yoruba gods, I was shocked. It sounded like the best combination ever: How had I not heard of it? I read it, then I read it again, then I listened to the audiobook. I was being introduced to a world I couldn’t have imagined before. The characters were larger than life but with very human problems and issues. And the novel spoke to my self-identity and culture as a Nigerian, in its social commentary and in its depiction of both magic and oppression.

It’s so important to have representation within books like this. In school, I realized that only when my teacher considered my point of view did learning become easier. When my kids are growing up, they’re going to have these new classic heroes from an environment they know.

Tomi is the god of ideas. She’s inspiring a lot of young people to write. She creates the very world that we as actors get to play in. And the big-screen adaptation will hire a lot of people and bring more representation to our industry—all that comes directly from Tomi’s imagination. She is going to be very powerful when it comes to bringing stories and ideas to the forefront.

I would absolutely drop everything to be in the film. If I missed the opportunity to be a part of it, it would be like missing history.”

Boyega is an actor who stars in the upcoming series Small Axe on Amazon

SEE FULL LIST BELOW;

PIONEERS

  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Ibram X. Kendi
  • Nathan Law
  • Tomi Adeyemi
  • Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
  • Julie K. Brown
  • Cecilia Martinez
  • Maya Moore
  • Chase Strangio
  • Zhang Yongzhen
  • Tourmaline
  • Waad al-Kateab
  • Abubacarr Tambadou
  • Gabriela Cámara
  • Camilla Rothe
  • Rebecca Gomperts
  • Ravindra Gupta
  • Lauren Gardner
  • Shi Zhengli
  • Shiori Ito

ARTISTS

  • The Weeknd
  • Ali Wong
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Selena Gomez
  • J Balvin
  • JoJo Siwa
  • Halsey
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Dapper Dan
  • Anaïs Mitchell
  • Michaela Coel
  • Bong Joon Ho
  • LASTESIS
  • Julie Mehretu
  • Ayushmann Khurrana

LEADERS

  • Anthony Fauci
  • Kamala Harris
  • Tsai Ing-wen
  • John Roberts
  • Xi Jinping
  • Donald Trump
  • Caesar
  • Angela Merkel
  • Joe Biden
  • Jair Bolsonaro
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Narendra Modi
  • William Barr
  • Anne Hidalgo
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Mary Kay Henry
  • Nemonte Nenquimo
  • Ursula von der Leyen
  • Jung Eun-kyeong
  • Bonnie Castillo
  • Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum
  • Yousef Al Otaiba

TITANS

  • Gabrielle Union
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Sundar Pichai
  • Tyler Perry
  • MacKenzie Scott
  • Robert F. Smith
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Jerome Powell
  • Eric Yuan
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Shari Redstone
  • Tony Elumelu
  • Zhong Nanshan
  • Kristalina Georgieva
  • Lisa Nishimura
  • General Charles Q. Brown Jr
  • Daniel Zhang
  • Gwynne Shotwell
  • Tunji Funsho

ICONS

  • Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
  • Ady Barkan
  • Billy Porter
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Angela Davis
  • Chi Chia-wei
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Felipe Neto
  • Allyson Felix
  • Sister Norma Pimentel
  • David Hill
  • Arussi Unda
  • Nury Turkel
  • Lina Attalah
  • Bilkis
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