Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Board of Directors, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been named among the “100 most influential Africans of 2015.”
The list published by pan African magazine ‘New African’ presents Africa’s definitive power list and profiles the continent’s top game changers in eight different fields: Politics, Public Office, Arts and Culture, Business, Civil Society, Technology, Media, and Sports.
Elumelu’s role as a game changer making a difference, changing perceptions and shaping our definition of what is possible in this increasingly global and interconnected world is why he made the cut.
Also on the list are President Mohammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan. Both President Buhari and Jonathan made the list for the significant role they played in Nigeria’s 2015 elections, which saw the first successful transfer of power from a ruling government to an opposition party in Nigeria. Jonathan’s humility in defeat and Buhari’s magnanimity in victory ensured that Nigeria avoided a post-election crisis.
Other Nigerians recognized include:
- Minister of Environment and former UN Special Advisor on Post Development Planning, Amina J Mohammed for her contributions to the shaping of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
- AfDB’s new President and former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, for his contribution in curb corruption of the fertilizer distribution scheme and improvement in agricultural production.
- Nigerian Diasporan, UK MP and Labour Party leadership hopeful, Chuka Umunna for the significant positive recognition he has brought Nigerians in the UK.
- Arumah Oteh, World Bank Vice-President and Treasurer for her elevation to one of the most significant positions at the World Bank.
According to the Group Publisher, New African, Omar Ben Yedder, the list of “100 Most Influential Africans” celebrates the “men, women and organizations that have shaped our beloved continent, the trail blazers, influencers and the rising stars who are redefining Africa’s future in the various spheres in which they operate.”
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