1 GAME founder, Philip Obaji for the first time has been named among “100 most influential people in Nigeria” in a list that includes Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan and convener of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili.
The list and profiles of the country’s top game changers published by the prominent Nigerian online news magazine, “Y Naija”, covers top players in twelve different professional fields.
They include 11 in professionals, entertainment, and politics respectively; 10 each in business and in literature and arts. Nine others are in new media; seven in clergy and religion; six in advocacy and civil society as well as in technology; nine in new media; four in sporting people and three in traditional leaders.
Obaji, who won the prestigious Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year in 2015, was acknowledged for his courage and commitment in advocating for basic primary education for street children in North-East Nigeria.
The 30 year old has in the last couple of years consistently worked for children affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, and his articles, particularly for U.S. based news and culture website, The Daily Beast, has focused mainly on the plight of children affected by the terror in the region.
Other Nigerians also recognized include the president of the African Development Bank, AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina; governor of Nigeria’s central bank, Godwin Emiefiele and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
Here is the full list and profiles of the most influential people in Nigeria as compiled by the editors of Y!/YNaija.