Some Nigerian change makers have been named on top 100 list of most influential Africans in an international magazine.
Featuring in different categories, the selected individuals were recognised for their contribution towards building the society and impacting lives and communities in various capacities.
For the 2019 edition, 100 Africans were chosen for their role in aiding growth and development in their nations. Included in the top 100 list is Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote; who was chosen in the business and finance category. Deputy secretary-general of United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed was named in the politics and public service category. Also honoured on the list is renowned author Chimamanda Adichie in the arts and culture category and chief executive of Connected Development (CODE), Hamzat Lawal, who was recognised in the civil society category.
All individuals were chosen and recognised for being great influencers in building their nations and making a difference in the world from their own corner. The influential Nigerians on the list have played a huge role in promoting peace, growth, development, government accountability, to mention only a few.
Amina J Mohammed
Amina J Mohammed has for over a decade worked in eradicating poverty and promoting gender equality. She is the current deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.
Mohammed also served as federal minister of environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to December 2016. During that time, she was Nigeria's representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Kagame.
Ace Nigerian writer and feminist, Chimanda Adichie, has proven that talent and hard work are a recipe to success. However, beyond success, the writer has used her voice and platform to promote gender equality and demand for a society that enables women especially, in Africa.
Adichie is known for giving record-breaking speeches that demand gender equity that impact millions around the world.
Hamzat Lawal is a passionate anti-corruption activist. He is the initiator of Follow The Money, a platform which uses data to hold government accountable, and demand action from government agencies.
He is also the founder of Connected Development, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to empower marginalised communities in Africa and has proven to be the solution to some of the biggest challenges in the Nigerian society.
Aliko Dangote is a Nigerian businessman who is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 136th-richest person in the world and the richest man in Africa. he is currently worth over N3 trillion.
Dangote was named as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2014.
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