Dan­gote, Okonjo-Iweala make TIME 100 list

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Africa’s wealth­i­est man Aliko Dan­gote and Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Nigeria’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter, were on Wed­nes­day named among the100 most in­flu­en­tial per­sons on earth by the pres­ti­gious TIME Mag­a­zine.

Bill Gate, Mi­crosoft Founder and Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gate wrote a trib­ute in hon­our of Dan­gote in com­mem­o­ra­tion of his list­ing by the Time mag­a­zine. Gate dwelled ex­ten­sively on the phil­an­thropic ges­tures of the Pres­i­dent of the Dan­gote Group in the ar­eas of health es­pe­cially polio erad­i­ca­tion and job cre­ation ef­forts.

While Gate was lav­ish in his praises of timely re­sponse of Dan­gote to the need for an health al­liance by the pri­vate sec­tor, Bruno a lead singer of U2 and a co-founder of One and (RED) wrote the trib­ute for Dr Iweala.

Gates, de­scribed him as a man who does good in ad­di­tion to do­ing well. Wrote he:“… his busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties drive eco­nomic growth across the con­ti­nent. That’s im­pres­sive, but I know him best as a leader con­stantly in search of ways to bridge the gap be­tween pri­vate busi­ness and pub­lic health. It’s for that rea­son he helped cre­ate the Nigeria Pri­vate Sec­tor Health Al­liance. And it’s for that rea­son he is an ad­vo­cate for agri­cul­tural re­search and malaria con­trol.”

Aliko was clas­si­fied in the Ti­tans cat­e­gory which boasts of em­i­nent world per­son­al­i­ties like Hil­lary Clin­ton, for­mer USA Sec­re­tary of State, Jeff Be­zoz, Tony Fadell, Janet Yellen among oth­ers. Those in the Pi­o­neers cat­e­gory in­clude: Ja­son Collins, Natalie Massenet, Mary Jo White, Ed­ward Snow­den, among oth­ers. Bar­bara Brown Tay­lor, Robin Wright, John Green, Kerry Wash­ing­ton were in the Artists cat­e­gory among oth­ers, while Jerry Brown, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, John Kerry and An­gela Merkel were among those in the Lead­ers Cat­e­gory. In the Icons cat­e­gory were Pope Fran­cis, Alice Wa­ters, Ma­rina Abramovic, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Carl Ic­ahn, among many oth­ers.

Time 100 is an an­nual list of the 100 most in­flu­en­tial people in the world as­sem­bled by the Amer­i­can news mag­a­zine TIME. First pub­lished in 1999 as the re­sult of a de­bate among Amer­i­can aca­demics, politi­cians, and jour­nal­ists, the list is now an an­nual event. Al­though ap­pear­ing on the list is of­ten seen as an honor, TIME makes it clear that en­trants are rec­og­nized for chang­ing the world, re­gard­less of the con­se­quences of their ac­tions.

On her part, Okonjo Iweala is part of the “Lead­ers” cat­e­gory of the re­spected list, along with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping; US Sec­re­tary of State, John Kerry; Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vlad­mir Putin; Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani; Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and oth­ers.

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