- Nigerian businessman Tony Elumelu has made it to the list of Time's 100 most influential people in the world
- The billionaire businessman and philanthropist became one of the four Africans who were featured in the list for the year 2020
- Elmelu was recognised for his economic empowerment of young Africans
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Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2020.
Time uses the list in recognising the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
The businessman was recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.
Legit.ng gathers that the list, which is in its seventh year, featured only four Africans in 2020.
Elumelu has investments in financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.
The businessman took to his Twitter page to reflect on why he made it to the list despite 2020 being a tumultuous year for everyone.
"When in 2010, we launched the Tony Elumelu Foundation to champion African entrepreneurship, we had clear goals to catalyse and, yes, showcase the capacity, determination and power of the African entrepreneur."
"Young women and men shaping economies, creating jobs and singlehandedly confronting the clichés that often surround Africa."
He noted that Africa is not a continent of unrealised potential but one of innovation, pulsing with productivity, adding that African entrepreneurs are reimagining and building a new future for the continent.
Apart from Elumelu, a Lagos-based cardiologist identified as Dr Tunji Funsho, and Tomi Adeyemi are the two other Nigerians on the list.
Dr Funsho, who is the first Rotary member to be honoured by Time, received the honour in recognition of the great work Rotary has done to eradicate polio in Africa.
The medical doctor said:
“I’m honored to be recognized by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralyz*d by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year."
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