Applause As Elumelu, Others Make Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Persons List


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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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Megan Thee Stallion

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ibram X. Kendi

Nathan Law

Tomi Adeyemi

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir

Julie K. Brown

Cecilia Martinez

Maya Moore

Chase Strangio

Zhang Yongzhen


Waad al-Kateab

Abubacarr Tambadou

Gabriela Cámara

Camilla Rothe

Rebecca Gomperts

Ravindra Gupta

Lauren Gardner

Shi Zhengli

Shiori Ito


The Weeknd

Ali Wong

Michael B. Jordan

Selena Gomez

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J Balvin

JoJo Siwa


Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Jennifer Hudson

Yo-Yo Ma

Dapper Dan

Anaïs Mitchell

Michaela Coel

Bong Joon Ho


Julie Mehretu

Ayushmann Khurrana


Anthony Fauci

Kamala Harris

Tsai Ing-wen

John Roberts

Xi Jinping

Donald Trump


Angela Merkel

Joe Biden

Jair Bolsonaro

Nancy Pelosi

Narendra Modi

William Barr

Anne Hidalgo

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Mary Kay Henry

Nemonte Nenquimo

Ursula von der Leyen

Jung Eun-kyeong

Bonnie Castillo

Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum

Yousef Al Otaiba


Gabrielle Union

Dwyane Wade

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Sundar Pichai

Tyler Perry

MacKenzie Scott

Robert F. Smith

Lewis Hamilton

Jerome Powell

Eric Yuan

Patrick Mahomes

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Greg Berlanti

Shari Redstone

Tony Elumelu

Zhong Nanshan

Kristalina Georgieva

Lisa Nishimura

General Charles Q. Brown Jr

Daniel Zhang

Gwynne Shotwell

Tunji Funsho


Amy O’Sullivan

Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi

Ady Barkan

Billy Porter

Naomi Osaka

Angela Davis

Chi Chia-wei

Megan Rapinoe

Felipe Neto

Allyson Felix

Sister Norma Pimentel

David Hill

Arussi Unda

Nury Turkel

Lina Attalah



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