Nigerian Influentials on the Time 100 List

Every year I get so excited to see who made the Time 100 Most Influential People. This year I’ve been told that 5% of those on the list are Nigerians. That’s very exciting because it shows that Nigerians are been recognized outside of the country and mostly in a positive light (side eye Boko Haram though). Let’s get to the list:


Chris Ofili

Ian Allen for TIME
Ian Allen for TIME

Judging by his name, Chris Ofili is of Nigerian descent although he was born in Manchester, UK. He is an artist with his work featured around the world. To read what David Adjaye wrote about him for time click here.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Stephen Voss-Redux
Stephen Voss-Redux

By now this name should need no introduction to anyone with access to the internet. She is a force. Enough said. Read more by Radhika Jones for Time.


Muhammadu Buhari

Ben Curtis-AP
Ben Curtis-AP

When you oust a sitting president for the first time in Africa’s most populous country well it is clear that you are influential. You know the story. You’ve heard it too many times: #SaiBuhari #SaiBaba

Read Aryn Baker for Time

Obiageli Ezekwesili

Afolabi Sotunde -Reuters
Afolabi Sotunde -Reuters

As Sister Rosemay Nyirumbe aptly writes:

It has been a year, and the girls haven’t been rescued, but she has made a difference by speaking about it. Not just speaking but shouting. I know some people will say she is too loudmouthed. The loud mouth is needed. People hear it.

Abubakar Shekau

Joe Kimmel for TIME
Joe Kimmel for TIME

Le sigh. You know when your mother prays for you and says my son/daughter will be great. This is not the type of greatness she was talking about. General Carter Ham (retired) for TIME

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