With less than three weeks left to the end of the year, there’s going to be a lot of reviewing and compiling of lists of people and events that made the year 2016 memorable.

Although, this particular year doesn’t seem to need a compilation to remember certain occurrences. In one minute, nearly a dozen things can come to mind that will set this year apart.

However, to help, YNaija has put together a list of the 100 most influential Nigerians for the year 2016.

The list features individuals who have moulded and shaped our conversations for the year. These individuals vary from different areas of the Nigerian society.

From Politics, Faith, Entertainment, Art, Fashion, Sports and Media to the Civil Society, Business, Technology, Professiona and even in the Traditional sectort of the country.

Literary goddess, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie undoubtedly made the list. With her famed rhetoric on “how to raise a feminist” to her bold statements on U.S. President-elect Trump’s racism and to her Boots No.7 brand ambassadorship. CNA, as Adichie is also refered to, does not disappoint in leading national conversations to where they need to go.

SciFi writer and Professor of Creative Writing, Nnedi Okorafor also made the list, and rightly so. Okorafor has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in a literary genre that not many Nigerians and Africans as a whole are internationally reckoned in, winning the Hugo Award for best novella, the first ever Nigerian to do so.

Ake Arts and Book Festival founder, Lola Shoneyin is also on the list. A nod to the achievements of the Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives writer, who has managed to turn the festival into the most sought after and widely attended literary event in all of West Africa after just four editions.

The list includes many other individuals and personalities. From the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who was the subject of “the other room” comment to TY Bello, the photographer extraordinaire who helped create the most uncommon tale-of-fortune story ever heard in Nigeria by transforming a former bread-hawker into a model and inspirational star.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.