Tony Elumelu, the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, has been named to Time magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The 2020 Time100 list, released Tuesday night, is now in its 17th year and recognizes the achievements, innovation, breakthroughs, and impact of artists, athletes, scientists, scholars, journalists, entrepreneurs, corporate titans, global leaders, and politicians.
“Not every day do you wake up to this – honoured to be named to the 2020 #Time100 from @TIME,” Tony Elumelu said as he honoured his Time 100 recognition.
“This has been a tumultuous year for all of us – challenging, humbling, and forcing us all to reflect. Why am I there? When in 2010, we launched the @tonyelumelufoundation to champion African entrepreneurship, we had clear goals to catalyse and, yes, showcase the capacity, determination and power of the African entrepreneur. Young women and men shaping economies, creating jobs and singlehandedly confronting the clichés that often surround Africa. Africa is not a “continent of unrealised potential”, but one of innovation, pulsing with productivity, as our entrepreneurs are reimagining and building a new future for the continent.
It is also about businesses like Transcorp Power, Nigeria’s largest power producer; @ubagroup, a bank in 20 African countries democratising financial services and breaking down barriers to trade; Avon Healthcare, innovating in delivering healthcare – our Group CEOs like Dr. Awele Elumelu, Owen Omogiafo, Simbo Ukiri, Dupe Olusola, Uzo Oshogwe, and Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu ideally females! We are changing the African narrative – thanks @TIME for recognising this.”
Here are some of the other Black people named on Time Magazine’s 2020 most influential list…
Kamala Harris – Vice President candidate and US senator
Gabrielle Union – Director, Actor
Dwayne Wade – NBA athlete, entrepreneur
Tyler Perry – Writer, producer, director
Megan Thee Stallion – Rapper
Tomi Adeyemi – Author
Abubacarr Tambadou – Former US ambassador to the UN
The Weeknd – Singer
Micheal B. Jordan – Actor
Jennifer Hudson – Singer
Dapper Dan – Black fashion and Hip Hop pioneer
Michaela Coel – Writer, producer, director, actor
Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1 racer
Tunji Funsho – Chair of Rotary International’s Polio-eradication program in Nigeria
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi – Founders of Black Lives Matter
Billy Porter – Actor, activist
Naomi Osaka – Tennis Champion
Angela Davis – Activist
After revealing its 2020 list, with the finalists chosen by Time editors and writers, the publication will host a three-part series of TIME100 Talks, from September 23 to 25, on Time.com and across its social media platforms.
Check out the full list here.
Photo credit: Instagram | Time
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