By tradition, The US TIME Magazine releases its list of a select few who are paving the way in their countries, be it in entertainment, politics or even fashion and music.
Today, April 16,2015 the list was released. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Hilary Clinton, Kevin Hart, Reese Witherspoon and Kim Jong Un amongst others.
Apparently, Four Nigerians present on the annual list. They are author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Presidential Elect Muhammadu Buhariand former Minister of Solid Minerals, Obiageli Ezekwesili for lending her voice to bring back the Chibok girls, Abubakar Shekau Nigerian militant leader.
Ms Adichie is described in the US magazine as “rare novelist who in the space of a year finds her words sampled by Beyonce, optioned by Lupita Nyong’o and honoured with the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction”. Ms Adichie, 37, is hailed by the US magazine as a “creator of characters”.
“With her viral Tedx Eustontalk, We Should All Be Feminists, she found her voice as cultural critic,” wrote Radhika Jones, a deputy managing editor of Time.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigerian #BringBackOurGirls campaigner – “It would have taken a long time to raise awareness about the girls taken by Boko Haram without her,” Ugandan aid worker Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.
Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian president-elect – “A president-to-be who wants to leave a legacy to match the historic conditions of his election,” Time’s Aryn Baker.
Abubakar Shekau,Nigerian militant leader – “The citizens of Nigeria… know Abubakar Shekau all too well: He is the most violent killer their country has ever seen,” retired US General Carter Ham..