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2021 TIME 100 Next: EndSARS Activists Make List

2021 TIME 100 Next: EndSARS Activists Make List
2021 TIME 100 Next: EndSARS Activists Make List

TIME magazine has revealed the 2021 TIME 100 Next list, which is a list of the most influential people in the world, with the likes of FK Abudu, Odunayo and Damilola, all female #EndSARs activists included in the list.

The list highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science and activism, and more. 

The issue has six covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME 100 Next, and for the 2021 edition, Nigerians have the most nominated personalist from Africa on the list.

The 2021 TIME 100 Next list features often-surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. 

For the likes of FK Abudu, Odunayo And Damilola who have made a name for themselves since the #EndSARS protests, their guest’s contributor who wrote about them and their ongoing contributions to bring an end to Police brutality in Nigeria, have this to say about them.

“When protests calling for an end to police brutality and the disbandment of Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted across the country in fall 2020, Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi, founders of the Feminist Coalition, sprang into action. Drawing on their expertise in tech, they raised donations in Bitcoin to offer protesters medical assistance, legal aid and mental health support. 

Simultaneously, Feyikemi “FK” Abudu acted quickly, raising funds from both Nigeria and the diaspora to organize food and security arrangements for protesters on the ground. 

Abudu later joined forces with the Feminist Coalition, and the organization, comprising 13 founding members, raised more than $387,000 in two weeks. As their fight continues—in mid-October, the government pledged to implement police reform, but efforts to suppress dissent, including by arresting demonstrators, are ongoing the coalition’s leaders hope their crucial role in the protests demonstrates the importance of having women in leadership,” Suyin Haynes said in the magazine.

Other Nigerians nominated in the list of 2021 TIME 100 Next are: 

 Nsé Ufot:

This was what the contributor for Time Magazine has to say about the Nigerian born American: 

“Under Nsé’s kind, creative and determined leadership, the New Georgia Project a civic-engagement nonprofit founded in 2013 by Stacey Abrams has worked alongside fellow grassroots organizations in the state to register hundreds of thousands of Georgians to vote. She helped ensure that Georgia’s diverse communities had what they needed to vote and vote safely in both the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs—all while leveraging technology and gaming culture to engage young voters and doing the irreplaceable, hard work of reaching voters behind every door, in every corner of the state. In doing so, she has helped breathe new life into our democracy, showing us that it is both possible and up to us to create”.

Davido:

The inclusion of Davido in the 2021 TIME 100 Next and the write up why he was included, may not be welcomed by all Nigerians, but without a doubt, he was one of those that were vocal during the protest. 

This was how Time magazine’s contributor narrated Davido’s nomination:

“FEM” in 2020, a title that loosely translates to “shut up” in Yoruba, he didn’t know it would become a major #EndSARS protest anthem, as youth banded together to demand the government take action to end police brutality in Nigeria last October. Officials responded by sending politicians to give speeches. We told the government to keep quiet unless they had something sensible to add—the ethos of “FEM” was directly relatable to that moment,”.

Ijeoma Oluo:

“She enthrall a crowd with an unmatched clarity and conviction, and her mix of seriousness and laugh-out-loud humor, all the while showing a deep and abiding concern for racial justice. She evoked what humanity needs to secure and defend humanity’s needs.

No wonder Oluo has emerged as one of the most admired writers and “Internet yellers” around. During the wave of demonstrations against police violence and racism in 2020, her runaway best seller, So You Want to Talk About Race, educated countless people (I read it for a second time in July). After a mob—incited by white men and led by white men—attacked the U.S. Capitol, her new book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, became ever more vital. Oluo’s meeting the time—this movement against white supremacy and systems of oppression. But the question she keeps asking us in her work: Are we?”

Olugbenga Agboola:

“2020, COVID-19 lockdowns across the world hit brick-and-mortar businesses hard. Africa’s small shops and restaurants, very few of which have an online presence, were particularly vulnerable. Enter Flutterwave, a tech startup based in San Francisco and Lagos, Nigeria, that is known for helping companies process customers’ online transactions during checkout. 

Amid lockdown, Flutterwave expanded from specializing in digital cash registers to hosting digital storefronts, helping some 20,000 small businesses suddenly without foot traffic set up online shops, receive payments and arrange delivery options. 

“We called it ‘Keeping the Lights On,’” says Olugbenga Agboola, Flutterwave’s co-founder and CEO, who lives in Washington, D.C. The company processed more than 80 million transactions, worth $7.5 billion, in 2020, establishing it as Africa’s premier payment-solution provider. Now Flutterwave—which already has a presence in 17 African countries—is planning to leverage that momentum into greater expansion, so that a customer in South Africa, for example, can seamlessly use her Kenyan digital wallet to buy products in Senegal. “Africa is not a country,” says Agboola. “But we make it feel like one.” —Aryn Bake writes for Time.

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