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March 24, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian writer and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was on Thursday named among world’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.

Adichie, the author of the Half of a Yellow Sun among other books, came in at 42 for her work calling out patriarchy and helping train a new generation of feminists.

In recognizing Adichie on the list, the magazine noted, “The prize-winning Nigerian writer has won admirers with her prose and a pair of viral TED Talks (one of which was famously sampled by Beyoncé). But Adichie has been most powerful in challenging her audiences to think differently and more expansively about Africa, identity, race, and gender. Many in the English English-speaking world have embraced the invitation, and she has emerged as a feminist icon—she tells girls to get over being liked—and a fearless political and cultural critic.”

Adichie’s book, Americanah, won the National Book Critic award for fiction in 2013, and has been optioned by the award-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Other Africans who also made the list are the Zimbabwean business mogul, Strive Masiyiwa and Ugandan LGBT advocate Frank Mugisha.

Masiyiwa, the founder and the executive chairman of the telecommunications firm, Econet, which came into being after a long legal battle with the Zimbabwe government, was ranked 33rd for playing a major role in helping to “spur the development of private telecoms across the African continent.”

Pope Francis was third on the list of "men and women transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same," for his "critique of capitalism without conscience."

Ava DuVernay was ranked sixth for her groundbreaking films "Selma" and "13th," a documentary about white supremacy and the prison-industrial complex that took Netflix by storm.

A prominent climate scientist and director of the Climate Science Center, Katharine Hayhoe, was ranked 15 for her work battling climate change denialism, particularly among Christian evangelicals.

Death penalty and prison abolitionist Bryan Stevenson was ranked 16 not only for creating the Equal Justice Initiative — which works to combat systemic racism in the U.S. justice system — but also for his new campaign to create a national memorial for victims of the "racial terrorism" of anti-Black lynchings.

Samantha Bee was chosen for the 19th spot on the list, not only based on the fact that her YouTube channel has over 168 million regular viewers, but for "standing out as a rare female voice in an overwhelmingly male late-night landscape."

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui — who has broken key stories about government involvement in the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college — came in at number 25 for being an example of "what journalism should aspire to be: someone who courageously pursues the truth, holds power accountable, and defends democracy."

Shakira made the list this year for her work leveraging her fame — with 175 million social media followers — to support child nutrition programs throughout Latin America.

The organizers of the historic Women's March on Washington — Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez — were ranked 34 on the list for their "remarkable example of leadership that eschews ‘command and control' in favor of ‘connect and collaborate,' and wielding moral over formal authority."

While the U.S. President Donald Trump did not make the list, political leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and London Mayor Sadiq Kahn all were named on the list ranking at 10, 31 and 48, respectively.

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