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Tony Elumelu, Two Other Nigerians In Time100 Most Influential People In 2020


No fewer than three Nigerians have been listed in separate categories on Time Magazine’s 17th edition of the TIME100 most influential people across various works of life.

This year’s edition of the annual list of 100 most influential people in the world, assembled by the American news magazine, featured Nigeria’s Tony Elumelu, Dr. Tunji Funsho and Tomi Adeyemi.

The list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Nigerian economist, Tony Elumelu, made the cut under the TITANS category. He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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Dr Tunji Funsho, a former cardiologist and present chair of Rotary International’s polio-­eradication program in Nigeria also made the cut under the TITANS category.

A Lagos-based cardiologist, became the first Rotary member to receive this honour for the organization’s work to eradicate polio, having played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020.

He was credited for his enormous impact in Nigeria and Africa’s victory over polio.

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.

Representing Nigeria in the PIONEERS is Tomi Adeyemi who is a Nigerian-American novelist and creative writing coach. He is best known for her #1 NY Times bestselling book Children of Blood and Bone, which was also featured on TIME’s list of the best and children’s books of 2018.

The book has won numerous awards including the 2018 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, the 2019 Waterstones Book Prize, and the 2019 Hugo Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. In 2019, she was named in Forbe’s 30 Under 30 list.


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