Dangote, Okonjo-Iweala make TIME 100 list
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.