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Tony Elumelu, two other Nigerians among 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2020

BY David Olalele



Tony elumelu. UBA
Tony Elumelu

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Transcorp Plc Chairman, Tony Elumelu and two other Nigerians, Tomi Adeyemi and Tunji Funsho have featured in 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.

This was disclosed by Time Magazine International in the annual roll of HONOUR of the 100 most influential people in the world. understands that the list, now in its 17th year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals in their respective fields of human endeavour.

Tony Elumelu is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family-owned investment company.

Elumelu’s family-owned company is committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.

Elumelu is also the Chairman of a pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), operating in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, and France.

UBA is reputed to be the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States.

The bank provides corporate, commercial, SME and consumer banking services to more than 21 million customers globally.

Ms Tomi Adeyemi, a Harvard University-trained born Nigerian-American novelist and creative writing coach is also on the celebrated roll.

She is acknowledged by Wikipedia as the writer of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Children of Blood and Bone, the first in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

Adeyemi won 2018 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2019 Waterstones Book Prize, and the 2019 Hugo Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. In 2019, she was named among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.


Mr Tunji Funsho, the third Nigerian to be honoured is a Lagos-based cardiologist and first Rotary member to be bestowed with this honour for the organization’s work to eradicate polio, following his role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020.

Check the full list of 2020 TIME100, here:

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