These are the 100 most influential people in Nigeria, as compiled by the Editors of Y!/YNaija, which was carefully curated list is a perfect mix of individuals individuals who have most visibly influenced the Nigerian society by extending the frontiers of innovation and inspiring a generation and those who have greatly impacted the Nigerian society in different fields of endeavour including religion, governance, media, technology and more.
Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka: is the spiritual director of the popular Adoration Ministries based in Enugu state. His divine messages of salvation, deliverance, and healing have earned him a cult following but it was his surprising, against the grain pronouncements on the general elections that ushered President Buhari into power that made headlines nationwide.
Attahiru Jega: A renowned academic, administrator and union leader, received the biggest test of his public service career when he was appointed chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). His introduction of technological advancement to the electoral process and calm, clinical composure in the face of incitement raised the bar for conduct of public officials.
Tukur Yusuf Buratai
Muhammadu Buhari: President Muhammadu Buhari made history when he became the first person in the nation’s chequered political history to unseat an incumbent at the polls. The 72 year old retired general, a serial contender for the presidency rode to victory on the message of change, aided by a vastly improved and inclusive presidential campaign.
John Odigie Oyegun
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Obiagaeli Ezekwesili: Fiery and intelligent, Obiagaeli Ezekwesili, a former government minister and vice president of the World Bank, has been relentless with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, drawing steady attention to the plight of the missing Chibok girls. She was listed in TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential Persons in the world and has repeatedly showed strength of character, vision and decisive leadership
Philip Obaji Jr
Aliko Dangote: Despite a weaker Nigerian currency and strife in the northern part of Nigeria, Aliko Dangote is still Africa’s richest man by far, even after a net worth decline of nearly $5 billion in the past year. In 2015 his Dangote cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, launched new plants in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania.
Tara Fela Durotoye
Osayi Alile- Oruene
Jason Njoku: iROKO Partners’ Njoku is undeniably one of the most powerful men in Nigeria’s tech space. Since inception, iROKO has been able to raise an unprecedented $13 million in venture capital funding. With over 500,000 registered subscribers and a peerless collection of local material, iROKO keeps growing from strength to strength.
Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe
Don Jazzy: is a trouper at reinventing the wheel, the Mavin boss shrugged off the loss of both D’Banj and Wande Coal and instead focused on turning his new roster of artistes into viable alternatives. In between producing huge anthems for his Mavin Crew and anyone cool enough to afford his talents, Don Jazzy has proven himself a formidable business brand, signing much publicized deals with Loya Milk and E-commerce giants, Konga.com.
John Momoh: is a Nigerian broadcast journalist. He is the chairman and CEO of Channels TV, an independent and multiple award winning (a ten time winner of television station of the year award in Nigeria alongside many others) twenty four hour news and media television channel based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ben Murray Bruce
Linda Ikeji: Ikeji’s blog which started out as a gossip column has become perhaps the most influential blog in all of Africa and a one stop portal for information, entertainment and gossip. Her use of technology to carve a niche for herself and create an innovative platform for information and empowerment, has made her a source of inspiration to many young entrepreneurs.
Wole Soyinka: Nigeria’s only Nobel laureate may be in the twilight of his career but his voice remains as important on national issues. He speaks up when it matters most and never fails to remind us of our humanity. He also found the time to promote a new book, Republic of liars.
Kelechi Amadi Obi
Asisat Oshoala: is the most exciting female player on the continent is also one of the youngest. 20 year old Oshoala shone like a thousand stars at the FIFA under-20 World Cup in Canada last year where she emerged the most valuable player after putting 7 goals past the net and assisting with 2 more. In January, she scored double at the Glo/CAF awards, winning the African Women’s Player of the Year and Women Youth Player of the year. She is currently signed to Liverpool Ladies in The English Premiership.
John Mikel Obi
Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi: The 40 year old Ogunwusi was last year named Ooni of Ife, the paramount traditional ruler of Ile Ife, one of the most revered traditional institutions in the country. A descendant of one of the ruling houses in Ife kingdom, Ogunwusi’s high wire politicking saw of challenges from about 21 other candidates including his elder brother.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi