2016 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUNG NIGERIANS

  1. Funke Akindele
  2. Linda Ikeji
  3. Jimi Tewe
  4. Tara Fela Durutoye
  5. John Obidi
  6. Damilola Oluwatoyinbo
  7. Tolu Ogunlesi
  8. Muna Onuzo
  9. John Obi Mikel
  10. Chude Jideonwo
  11. Omojuwa Japheth
  12. Yasmin Belo-Osagie
  13. Suleiman Sani Bello
  14. Bashir Ahmad
  15. IK Osakioduwa
  16. Toke Makinwa
  17. Akin Oyebode
  18. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq
  19. Ahmed Adamu
  20. Aisha Augie-Kuta
  21. Tonye Rex Idaminabo
  22. Mofolusade Sonaike
  23. Mark Essien
  24. Innocent Onah
  25. Asisat Oshoala
  26. Blessing Okagbare
  27. Jason Njoku
  28. Victor Moses
  29. Ahmed Musa
  30. Hadiza Bala Usman
  31. Sim Shagaya
  32. Basket Mouth
  33. Chidiogo Akunyili
  34. Clarence Peters
  35. Bosun Tijani
  36. Bankole Cardoso
  37. Yemi Alade
  38. Alex Iwobi
  39. Kelechi Promise Iheanacho
  40. Mai Atafo
  41. Asuquo Ekpenyong
  42. Dayo Israel
  43. Uche Pedro
  44. Don Jazzy
  45. Seyi Taylor
  46. Empress Njamah
  47. Wizkid
  48. Richard Nyong
  49. Abayomi Awobokun
  50. Toju Foyeh
  51. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade
  52. Seun Osewa
  53. Oluseun Onigbinde
  54. Ladi Delano
  55. Shade Ladipo
  56. DJ Xclusive
  57. Kelechi Anyikude
  58. Grace Ihejiamaizu
  59. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
  60. Ebi Atawodi
  61. Kayode Oladapo
  62. Kola Aina
  63. Mark Okoye II
  64. Isaac Balami
  65. Akideinde Oyebowale
  66. Toyosi Akerele
  67. Omotola Jalade
  68. Ola Orekunrin
  69. Abiola Olaniran
  70. Chioma Agwuegbo
  71. Prince Nnamdi Ekeh
  72. Toolz
  73. Olalekan Olude
  74. Amaka Osakwe
  75. Seye Ogunlewe
  76. Engr Obinna Kingsley Onwubuariri
  77. DJ Cuppy
  78. Mercy Johnson
  79. Deji Adeyanju
  80. Davido
  81. Adekunle Ayeni
  82. Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi
  83. Nasir Sa’idu Adhama
  84. D’Banj
  85. Nkechikwu Azinge
  86. Stephenie Enaife-cooker
  87. Peter Odemwingie
  88. Bukky Karibi-Whyte
  89. Kamil OLUFOWOBI
  90. Otto Orondaam
  91. DO2dTUN
  92. Shola Molemodile
  93. Kasim M. Kasim
  94. Alex Ekubo
  95. Gossy Ukanwoke
  96. Hon Ayodele Obe
  97. Folawe Omikunle
  98. Ehiz
  99. Oluchi Orlandi
  100. Samson Adamu

CATEGORIES RANKING

BUSINESS

  1. Suleiman Sani Bello
  2. Sim Shagaya
  3. Bankole Cardoso
  4. Richard Nyong
  5. Abayomi Awobokun
  6. Ladi Delano
  7. Ebi Atawodi
  8. Akideinde Oyebowale
  9. Ola Orekunrin
  10. Olalekan Olude

ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Funke Akindele
  2. Basket Mouth
  3. Yemi Alade
  4. Don Jazzy
  5. Wizkid
  6. Omotola Jalade
  7. Mercy Johnson
  8. Davido
  9. D’Banj
  10. Alex Ekubo

SOCIAL ENTREPRISE & PHILANTHROPY

  1. Muna Onuzo
  2. Chude Jideonwo
  3. Yasmin Belo-Osagie
  4. Dayo Israel
  5. Empress Njamah
  6. Seun Osewa
  7. Shade Ladipo
  8. Grace Ihejiamaizu
  9. Isaac Balami
  10. Shola Molemodile

SPORTS

  1. John Obi Mikel
  2. Asisat Oshoala
  3. Blessing Okagbare
  4. Victor Moses
  5. Ahmed Musa
  6. Alex Iwobi
  7. Kelechi Promise Iheanacho
  8. Seye Ogunlewe
  9. Peter Odemwingie
  10. Samson Adamu

LAW & GOVERNANCE

  1. Tolu Ogunlesi
  2. Omojuwa Japheth
  3. Bashir Ahmad
  4. Innocent Onah
  5. Mark Okoye II
  6. Engr Obinna Kingsley Onwubuariri
  7. Deji Adeyanju
  8. Nasir Sa’idu Adhama
  9. Kasim M. Kasim
  10. Hon Ayodele Obe

MEDIA

  1. Linda Ikeji
  2. IK Osakioduwa
  3. Toke Makinwa
  4. Uche Pedro
  5. Toolz
  6. Adekunle Ayeni
  7. Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi
  8. Stephenie Enaife-cooker
  9. DO2dTUN
  10. Ehiz

LIFESTYLE

  1. Tara Fela Durutoye
  2. Clarence Peters
  3. Mai Atafo
  4. Toju Foyeh
  5. DJ Xclusive
  6. Kelechi Anyikude
  7. Amaka Osakwe
  8. DJ Cuppy
  9. Bukky Karibi-Whyte
  10. Oluchi Orlandi

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  1. Mark Essien
  2. Jason Njoku
  3. Bosun Tijani
  4. Seyi Taylor
  5. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade
  6. Oluseun Onigbinde
  7. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
  8. Kola Aina
  9. Abiola Olaniran
  10. Prince Nnamdi Ekeh

LEADERSHIP & CIVIL SOCIETY

  1. Akin Oyebode
  2. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq
  3. Aisha Augie-Kuta
  4. Tonye Rex Idaminabo
  5. Hadiza Bala Usman
  6. Chidiogo Akunyili
  7. Asuquo Ekpenyong
  8. Kayode Oladapo
  9. Nkechikwu Azinge
  10. Kamil OLUFOWOBI

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIA

  1. Jimi Tewe
  2. John Obidi
  3. Damilola Oluwatoyinbo
  4. Ahmed Adamu
  5. Mofolusade Sonaike
  6. Toyosi Akerele
  7. Chioma Agwuegbo
  8. Otto Orondaam
  9. Gossy Ukanwoke
  10. Folawe Omikunle

100 Most Influential Young Nigerians

VISION.

Become the Leading and Most Credible program to Rank and Honour Young Nigerians.

CRITERIA.

A Nominee must be:

  1. A Nigerian.
  2. 15 or below 40 years.
  3. In 2 years of Active Service in a Category.
  4. Outstanding with Public Evidence of Impact
  5. Motivating to be able to inspire other young people with his/her work

MISSION.

  • Rank and Honour the Most Influential Young Nigerians Annually.
  • Uphold Public discretion of the Most Influential Young Nigerians.
  • Evangel the Inspiring Stories, Works and Impacts of Young Nigerians across the World.
  • Change the Negative Perceptions of the Potentials of Young People.
  • Fuel Patriotism among Young Nigerians.
  • Create Value for the Works of Young Nigerians Globally.

CATEGORIES.

  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Law & Governance
  • Leadership & Civil Society
  • Lifestyle
  • Media
  • Personal Development & Academia
  • Social Entreprise & Philanthropy
  • Sports
  • Science & Technology

ABOUT US

The Most Influential Young Nigerians initiative is an annual awards and ranking scheme for young Nigerian Achievers between 15-40 years, spearheaded by Avance Media, a social enterprise in partnership with various Organisations.

The initiative is intended to disclose the true and genuine potentials of young people who are earnest to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria’s economy and whose works are at par with their impacts. It is also expected to serve as a source of encouragement to these young individuals whose commitment towards stimulating growth is undoubted.

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"Everything I have today is because of Africa, I was born here, went to school here, I work here and I'm achieving some level of financial comfort here"

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BUSINESS

This category is dedicated to Individuals who run successful enterprises in Nigeria, which are adding valuable social, economic and cultural remittances to lives and contributing towards shaping the image of the African continent

ENTERTAINMENT

This category is exclusive to a diverse group of individuals involved in entertainment relating to Music, Comdey & Film. They must be national icons that command a high level of influence not just popularity through the positive impact of their works.

SOCIAL ENTREPRISE & PHILANTHROPY

This category is meant for young individuals leading social entrepreneurship and philanthropy activities impacting lives across Nigeria and their respective regions. The public on the reach of their impacts must phenomenally endorse their works and achievements.

SPORTS

This category throws a spotlight on diverse sports personalities who in diverse ways are contributing to the development of various sporting activities. These can be athletes, coaches or individuals directly involved in the sporting industry

LAW & GOVERNANCE

This category compiles distinguished young Nigerians who display continental influence based on their roles in public office, politics, Law and governance. Their work should have yielded significant commendation from their benefactors.

MEDIA

This category is targeted at journalists and media personalities who have defied odds to propel stories of Nigeria across the Globe. Their work should carry a national focused vision on leading Nigerians to tell their own stories whether good or bad.

LIFESTYLE

This category is focused on young people who are leading the creative & lifestyle community in Nigeria. They are passionately setting the pace in Fashion & Arts which have become common among the populace.  These personalities must be leading initiatives and organisations, which are addressing problems in their communities and have potentials for global expansion, adoption and recognition.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

This category is focused on young Nigerians who are leading the innovation revolution across the country. Their products and services must be dedicated to solving either local or global problems from the Nigerian soil. They must be potential competitors in the global science, technology, and innovation space.

LEADERSHIP & CIVIL SOCIETY

This category involves highly recommended young individuals who are championing various activities in the country related to advocacy, religion, civil organizations etc. They need to possess the qualities of a leader and must have achieved significant feats in their works across the country and beyond.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIA

This category is exclusive to individuals who have excelled in various academic assignments and young Nigerians who have dedicated their career in training the next generation of African Leaders.

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