In wake of the 100th year anniversary of the birth of great leader and visionary Nelson Mandela, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) has announced the recognition ceremony of Nigerians inside Africa / across Diaspora for its Class of 2018. These distinguished citizens will also represent Nigeria alongside other Honourees of diverse nationalities at the United Nations General Assembly taking place in New York this September.

The recognition ceremony will kick off with “The Celebration of Excellence” holding at the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Africa’s leading Market and Commerce epicentre on August 31 2018, with Finalists doing the honours of ringing the closing bell.

The Categories for this year’s Recognition are Politics & Governance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture and Religious & Humanitarian respectively.

Recipients in each category include:

Politics and Governance- Abiola Afolayan, Fiona Onasaya, Kemi Olukemi, Olufunto Adegoke Badenoch, Hadiza Bala, Seun Omobo, Tolu Ogunlesi and Yemi Kale.

Business and Entrepreneurship- Chike Ukaegbu, Chinonso Emehelu, Esther Alade, Gbolahan O. Okubadejo Dr., Nichole O. Yembra, Obia Ewah, Tolulope Ayomide Agbeyo,and Vivian Osayande, Ada Osakwe,Amy Jadesimi, Audu Maikori, Ayiri Akpieyi Oladunmoye, Bella Adenuga Disu, Bosun Tijani, Chukwuka Monye, Dapo Olagunju, Ibiene Ogolo and Iyioluwa Aboyeji.

Media and Culture: ChiChi Nwoko, Dakore Akande, Daniel “Dbanji” Oyebanjo, David “Davido” Adeleke, Eunice Omole, Folarin “Falz” Falana, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Banky W Olubankole Wellington, Adesua Tolulope Etomi, Seyi Tinubu, Stella Damasus and Yemi “Mama Africa’ Alade.

Religious and Humanitarian: Chinelo Njaka, Chude Jideonwo, Niniola Soleye, Somachi, Chris

Asoluka, Yemi Adamolekun and Zuriel Oduwole.

Speaking on the activities of the Initiative, The CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema OON, Commending MIPAD, stated thus “It is estimated there about 200 Million people who identify themselves as being of African Descent in the Americas and many millions more live in other parts of the world outside the African Continent. Amongst these millions of people are thought leaders who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavour. It is important to showcase their success stories to encourage young people of African Descents and bring these leaders in contact with their peers in diaspora to explore ideas of collaboration to bring greater growth to the African Content and the diaspora.”

MIPAD with support from the Intra-African Trade Fair IATF will continue to recognize the valued contributions of these young men and women of African descent emanating from inside Africa and their counterparts across the diaspora who continue to strive towards excellence in their given pursuit in full accordance of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent proclaimed by the UN’s General assembly in 2015.


The Most Influential people of African Descent was founded in 2015 and since then has recognised several individuals who are outstanding in their various sectors and societies.

This year’s Recognition Ceremony ahead of the United Nations General Assembly taking place in New York USA will showcase contributions and impact across five keysectors namely; Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture,

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