Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid make Forbes Africa icons’ list-Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Funke Akindele-Bello, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Mr Eazi, Olugbenga Agboola among other Nigerians featured on Forbes ‘100 Innovation, Invention & Symbols Africa’.
Also on the list were Director General of the World Trade Organization, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Olugbenga Agboola, Genevieve Nnaji, and Swanky Jerry.
Forbes says the list comes from Hollywood countries and Grammy winners and world-saving experts.
He added that the list is one way to “celebrate this many understandings, policies, and examples that have had an impact on Africa’s development over the past decade”.
The magazine on its official Twitter account, @Forbesafrica, said, “This also includes awards that highlight the African region and examples of its impact on Africa’s development over the past decade.
In response to his submission, Ekeinde on his Twitter account @Realomosexy expressed his gratitude to Forbes.
He wrote, “Thank you @Forbesafrica for being included in the 100th book of African brands.”
Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist and national development expert who has worked since March as WTO Director General and first African woman and first lady.
Speaking of Davido, the publication described him as ‘one of the most feared musicians in Africa’.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde: Simply one of the greatest actors to emerge from Africa, the highly acclaimed Omotola J Ekeinde has appeared in more than 200 films, according to Traders. In 2013, she appeared on the magazine Magazine of the 100 Most Powerful People in the World including Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Kate Middleton.
Wizkid: Another great giants and biggest stars in Nigeria, Wizkid, has been described by Vogue as an “artist who speaks to millennials”. The award-winning Afrobeats actress won a Grammy alongside Beyonce for her song Brown Skin Girl (which came out of the Beyonce Black Is King album).
Burna Boy: Always known as one of the greatest and most successful African artists in this region, Burna Boy won the Best World Music category at the Grammys on March 14. Grammy nominated Twice As Tall as “the high school boss in the vibe and hustle that has made Burna Boy a world music influence”.
Funke Akindele-Bello: CNN calls him ‘one of the biggest Hollywood stars’. Funke Akindele-Bello became famous after starring in the famous United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which supported the sitcom I Need to Know.
Mr Eazi: Popularly known as ‘Mr Eazi’, Nigerian-born singer Oluwatosin Ajibade has made a name for himself as an African award-winning artist. In 2020, he starred in FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30, in which he talked about team hustle while in college in Ghana which led him to an excellent marketing career in music and attracting millions of fans along the way.
Swanky Jerry: Also known as Jeremiah Ogbodo, Swanky Jerry is a Nigerian general dressed as Pearl Thusi, Davido, Nyanda, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Sarkodie, and African heads of state and first lady. In 2020, it listed 30 FORBES AFRICA Under 30.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Known for being a woman who came not only in her books but also in the way she speaks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has brought the power of every message she does. Half of the Yellow Sun author described by Extra Magazine as the “most famous” of the “series of the famous and famous Anglophone [which] was successful in attracting a new generation of readers of African literature “, mainly in its second home, the United States (first in Nigeria).
Genevieve Nnaji: Described as a journey in Nollywood, Genevieve Nnaji’s first film, Lionheart, was formerly Netflix Original from Nigeria. Unfortunately, it was Nigeria’s first entry for the 2020 Oscars before it reached the English debate.