By Hamilton Nwosa (Head, The New Diplomat’s Polling, Research and data desk)
Mr Tony Elumelu, Chairman of both United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Transcorp Plc, respectively has been listed along with three other Nigerians as among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential persons in the world in 2020. The other outstanding Nigerians listed are Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi and a reputable Lagos-based Cardiologist, Tunji Funsho. This recognition has elicited commendation from some Nigerians who are excited describing it as a ” welcome development for Nigeria’s profile internationally.”
Tony Elumelu who also sits atop the board of a variety of companies besides UBA Group and Transcorp PLC is well recognized and known as a first-rate businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur with global outreach. He is the founder of Heirs Holding which deals with a wide range of business subject matters including Oil and Gas, Construction, Power, Energy, Infrastructure , etc.
To his credit, Elumelu has sufficiently grown UBA which now operates in about 20 African countries as well as in other developed jurisdictions including the UK, USA, France, etc. In a bid to catalyze the spirit and skills of young entrepreneurs across Africa, Elumelu founded The Elumelu Foundation (TEF) in 2010. Currently in its 10th year, the TEF has made sterling accomplishments that have left many wondering where the enigmatic business cum Philanthropist gets the energy and time to devote to these various initiatives.
The second person on the roll, novelist Tomi Adeyemi, was educated at Harvard University. She is an outstanding creative writer whose expertise and profound knowledge have been spectacular and acknowledged globally. She is author of Children of Blood and Bone, the first in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, among others. She was listed in the Pioneers Roll.
Mr Funsho, the third Nigerian on the honours roll is an established cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a Rotary member with passionate commitment to the goal of eradicating polio in Africa. He was listed among those on the Titans roll just as Elumelu.
Here is the full List with the various Categories as Indicated By TIME Magazine
Megan Thee Stallion
Ibram X. Kendi
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
Julie K. Brown
Michael B. Jordan
Bong Joon Ho
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Mary Kay Henry
Ursula von der Leyen
Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum
Yousef Al Otaiba
Robert F. Smith
General Charles Q. Brown Jr
Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
Sister Norma Pimentel