Tony Elumelu and Abubacarr Tambadou are among the 100 most influential people in the world, according to TIME


The list released on Tuesday is a compilation of 100 people from different walks of life impacting business, art, sports, music and more across the world.

The final names were selected by Time’s editors, with recommendations from the magazine’s international staff and Time 100 alumni.

Here are the Africans who made the list.

Tony Elumelu is a Nigerian multimillionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist.

In the late 1990s, he led a group of small investors to take over a struggling commercial bank in Lagos, the nerve center of Nigeria. A few years later, under his leadership, the bank became profitable and finally merged with the United Bank of Africa (UBA) in 2005.

Elumelu is currently President of UBA which operates in 20 African countries, the United States and the United Kingdom. He also runs an investment company that owns major stakes in electricity, real estate and healthcare on the continent.

Through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, founded in 2010, the businessman in his 50s provides seed money, mentorship and funding to entrepreneurs from different parts of Africa.

In 2015, Elumelu launched a Pan-African training and mentoring program, committing to invest $ 5,000 each in 1,000 young entrepreneurs each year in 54 countries on the continent. So far, more than 7,000 future business owners have completed the program.

Abubacarr Tambadou

Abubacarr Tambadou is a 47-year-old lawyer and politician from the Gambia. He is the current registrar of the Residual International Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, an international court founded by the United Nations Security Council.

From 2017 to 2020, he was Attorney General and Minister of Justice in The Gambia.

In 2019, Tambadou and his government confronted Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state adviser to the International Court of Justice, the UN judicial body, for alleged crimes against the Rohingya ethnic group.

Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of “ethnic cleansing” and crimes such as the rape, murder and torture of more than 700,000 Rohingya, according to the UN.

Tambadou said he was inspired to see Suu Kyi defend the claims in court after visiting a refugee camp in Bangladesh and hearing testimonies from Rohingya survivors.

In January 2020, they secured an extraordinary initial ruling against Myanmar and its state councilor in which judges ordered the country to take “all measures within its power” to end the violent attacks on the Rohingya.

Tomi Adeyemi

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Tomi Adeyemi is a 27-year-old Nigerian-American novelist and writer.

In 2018, her first book, “Children of Blood and Bone,” spent 90 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The same year, he won the Goodreads Choice Awards for best first novel.

The book, about the Kingdom of Orisha, where young teenager Zelie Adebola is determined to bring magic back to her people, also won the 2018 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Fox 2000 purchased the film rights to Children of Blood and Bone.

British actor John Boyega, who wrote Adeyemi’s tribute to the Time100 list, called it “inspiring.”

“Tomi is the god of ideas. She inspires many young people to write. It creates the very world in which we actors can act, ”Boyega wrote.

Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum

Jean-Jacques Muyembe is the director of the National Institute of Biomedical Research of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum is a Congolese microbiologist.

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In 1976, he was part of the research team that investigated the first known outbreak of the Ebola virus. In 1995, he worked with the World Health Organization team that implemented detection and control measures during the first documented outbreak of the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He is currently the Director General of the National Institute for Biomedical Research in this Central African country and has spent the past four decades researching the deadly virus and implementing its control measures.

He is also currently leading the country’s response to Ebola and Covid-19.

Tunji Funsho

Dr Tunji Funsho is a Nigerian cardiologist and chair of the Rotary International polio eradication program in Nigeria.

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In partnership with the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Funsho led vaccination efforts in Nigeria, immunizing against polio for millions of children in the country.

Thanks to the efforts of him and his team, this year marked four years without a case of wild polio in the West African country, qualifying it and the rest of the continent as free from the deadly virus.

Reacting to being listed by Time, Funsho said in a statement that he felt honored to be recognized.

“I am honored to be recognized by Time for my role in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever be paralyzed again by wild polio, a disease that once handicapped 75,000 African children each year,” he said. he declares.


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