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Africans Featured On TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

By Stella WaAfrika

TIME Magazine published their annual 100 Most Influential People. Out the 100 people listed, seven Africans are featured including, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, Dr. Jerry Brown, Abubakar Shekau, Mustafa Hassan, Beji Caid Essebsi, (Tunisian President),  Nigerian President-elect Muhammudu Buhari and Obiageli Ezekwesili.

Did your favourite make it? Well, here's the list:

Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie


The 37 year-old author and happy feminist whose work speaks for itself. She has become a global phenomenal.


Abubakar Shekau


Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Shekau took over the terrorist organization Boko Haram in 2009 after the group had been weakened by Nigerian government forces.

Beji Caid Essebsi, (Tunisian President)


Tunisia's unifying leader. "It will be up to Essebsi to ensure Tunisia defeats terrorism without compromising the promises of its revolution," - NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin.

Dr. Jerry Brown


Liberian doctor. He 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.

Mustafa Hassan


Sudanese aid worker and "Guardian of lost children".  "Truly he is a hero, making the world better one life at a time," - David Miliband, International Rescue Committee CEO.

Muhammadu  Buhari


 President-elect Muhammadu Buhari made history in March by becoming the first candidate to oust a sitting Nigerian President through the ballot box.


Obiageli Ezekwesili


Nigerian #BringBackOurGirls campaigner - "It would have taken a long time to raise awareness about the girls taken by Boko Haram without her."

Of course with social media, some people expressed their views about Abubakar Shekau's appearance on this list. Influence can be good or bad. 

SourceTIME Magazine

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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 
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