The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) has unveiled its 2018 list and many Nigerians are included.


MIPAD honours 200 outstanding individuals of African descent in four categories; politics & governance, business & entrepreneurship, media & culture, humanitarian & religion.

The Nigerians in the media and culture category are Chichi Nwoko, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke, Eunice Omole, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Onos Ariyo, Seyi Tinubu, Stella Damasus, and Yemi Alade.

Chude Jideonwo, Niniola Soleye, Yemi Adamolekun, and Zuriel Oduwole were recognised in the humanitarian & religion category.


In the politics & governance section, Abiola Afolayan, Hadiza Bala Usman, Yemi Kale, Prince Godswill Edward, and Tolu Ogunlesi were recognised.

Bosun Tijani, Bayo Adekanmbi, Ayiri Oladunmoye, Audu Maikori, Ada Osakwe, Onyeche Tifase, Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, Dapo Olagunju, Bella Disu and Michael Ugwu are some of the Nigerians included in the business &entrepreneurship list.

“Over the years the contributions and impact of young and highly influential Africans have been neglected leaving a huge gap in the quest to inspire the next generation towards greater exploits,” said Kamil Olufowobi, chief executive officer, MIPAD.


“We are all about paving the way for Africans to embrace creativity and sustainable success within our peoples.”

Some of the MIPAD honourees, including Jalade Ekeinde and Ogunlesi, were celebrated during a ceremony in New York, US.

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