Time has released its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020. The list includes pioneers, titans, artists and icons. These are the Africans who made it to the list.

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1. Tunji Funsho

Dr. Tunji Funsho is the person who did more than any other person in driving polio to continent-wide extinction. Africa has managed eradicate polio completely this year after Nigeria finally cleared the virus from itself in April this year. This is after Dr. Tunji stepped up to lead the efforts. He got millions of doses of the polio vaccine to children in Nigeria and sponsored health-­education initiatives across the country.

2. Tony Elumelu

Tony is the chair of the United Bank of Africa, and one of the most innovative and ambitious business leaders of his generation. He is He is a leading proponent of ‘Africapitalism’,; a belief that Africa’s private sector can and must play a leading role in the continent’s development through long-term investments, as well as entrepreneurship and regional connectivity. Tony has committing to investing $5,000 each in 1,000 young entrepreneurs per year across 54 countries in Africa.

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3. Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum

Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum is a Congolese medic whose fight against Ebola, from helping discover the virus in 1976 through the recent outbreak from 2018 to 2020, has greatly benefited the people of Congo as well as the entire world.  For five decades, he has been a model of excellence for humanity as he gives hope to the most vulnerable.

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4. Abubacarr Tambadou

Abubacarr is a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and former Justice Minister in Gambia. In 2018, Tambadou and his government brought a case before the International Court of Justice, accusing Myanmar of perpetrating genocide. In January 2020 they won an extraordinary initial ruling against Myanmar as the judges ordered that Myanmar “take all measures within its power” to stop violent attacks against the Rohingya.

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5. Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi is a Nigerian writer whose book ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ has won the hearts of many. Her books are purely filled with representations of African and black people inspiring writers all over the world to create for their people. The big-screen adaptations of her book will hire a lot of people and bring more representation to the film industry.

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6. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Throughout his career, and as director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros has stood firmly for equity and access—the idea that all people, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances, have the right to quality health care. He is at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tedros is Ethiopian.


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