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Final Nominees for 2017 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians Ranking Announced

Finalists for Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians ranking 2017, honouring distinguished young Nigerians, have been announced.

The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians ranking recognises distinctive service across 10 different categories: Business, Entertainment, Law and Governance, Leadership and Civil Society, Lifestyle, Media, Personal Development and Academia, Science and Technology, Sports and Social Enterprise and Philanthropy.

Winners will be announced on 11th January, 2018 as public voting is expected to be closed on 4th January, 2018.

Hailed as one of the most credible, Avance Media’s Most Influential Young Nigerians rankings is the most respected system that honours youth excellence in Nigeria. The 2017 Nigeria ranking is the second in the series.

The previous edition ranked Actress, Funke Akindele as the Most Influential Young Nigerian for 2016.

MD of Avance Media, Prince Akpah explains that this year’s influential young Nigerian is someone whose work has undoubtedly had a positive impact in Nigerians life. The nominees have all excelled in their various endeavors, working to improve the lives of others, through hardwork, personal sacrifice and in most instances, made bold and brave commitments.

Public voting has officially opened on to determine the overall 2017 Most Influential Young Nigerian, and winners for the 10 categories.

Similar rankings by Avance Media and partners are currently ongoing in Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, DR Congo and Kenya.

Here is the full list of the 2017 Nominees
Business (in partnership with
1.      Abayomi Awobokun (ENYO Retail and Supply)
2.      Adebola Williams (Red Media Africa)
3.      Aigbe Omoregie (Intercontinental Paints Limited)
4.      Bisola Borha  (Trendy Bee Elite Events)
5.      Demola Adetona (EXPOZE Nigeria)
6.      Dr Echefu Ikechukwu Bright (TSTV)
7.      Olamide Bada (Jumia Food Nigeria)
8.      Shola Ladoja (Simply Green Limited)
9.      Stanley Uzochukwu (Stanel Oil and Gas)
10.  Ubi Franklin (Made Men Music Group)

Entertainment (in partnership with WatsUp TV)
1.      Davido (Musician)
2.      Falz (Musician)
3.      Frank Edwards (Musician)
4.      Maraji (Comedian)
5.      Mark Angel (Comedian)
6.      Olamide (Musician)
7.      Patoranking(Musician)
8.      Runtown (Musician)
9.      Tekno (Musician)
10.  Wizkid (Musician)

Law & Governance
1.      Asuquo Ekpenyong (Cross River State)
2.      Bamikole Omishore (Nigerian Senate)
3.      Bashir Ahmad (Nigerian Presidency)
4.      Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (Lawyer)
5.      Hon. Samaila Suleiman            (House of Reps)
6.      Ife Adebayo (Nigerian Presidency)
7.      Kenneth Okwor           (Lawyer)
8.      Muhammad Sani Abdullahi (Kaduna State)
9.      Tolu Ogunlesi (Nigerian Presidency)
10.  Yul Edochie (Anambra State)

Leadership & Civil Society (in partnership with Abjel Communications)
1.      Ebenezar Wikina (Advocate & Writer)
2.      Nneka Eze (Dalberg Global Development Advisors)
3.      O’tega Ogra (BUA Group)
4.      Olufemi Olukayode Adeyemi (Union Bank)
5.      Samson Itodo (YIAGA)
6.      Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
7.      Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi (LSDSVR Team)
8.      Tonye Rex Idaminabo (African Achievers Awards)
9.      Victoria Ibiwoye (One African Child)
10.  Zuriel Oduwole (Advocate)

1.      Adetola Anita Adetoye (Beauty Consultant)
2.      Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer)
3.      DJ Spinall (DJ)
4.      Femi Bakre (Kraks TV)
5.      Jane Michael Ekanem (Stylist)
6.      Nancy Isime (Model)
7.      Noble Igwe (360nobs)
8.      Stella Dimoko Korkus (Blogger)
9.      Uche Pedro (Blogger)
10.  VJ Adams (VJ)

1.      Andre Blaze Henshaw (OAP)
2.      Denrele Edun (OAP)
3.      Ehiz (OAP)
4.      Idris Akinbajo (Premium Times Nigeria)
5.      Maria Okanrende (OAP)
6.      Moet Abebe (OAP)
7.      Osagie Alonge (Pulse Nigeria) 
8.      Osi Suave (OAP)
9.      Toke Makinwa (OAP)
10.  Toolz - Tolu Oniru (OAP)

Personal Development & Academia
1.      Babatunde Oladosu (EduBridge Academy)
2.      David James Egwu (YCBF)
3.      Freeman Osonuga (Speaker)
4.      Jamie Pajoel (Dynamic Vantage Ltd)
5.      John Obidi (Speaker)
6.      Olasupo Abideen (Brain Builders International)
7.      Prince Louis Omolayo Adekola (Ambassadors of Africa)
8.      Simi Fajemirokun (Read2Succeed Africa)
9.      Toyosi Akerele (Rise Networks)
10.  Wale Olajumoke (Life Coach)

Science & Technology
1.      Eyo Bassey (Payporte)
2.      Fikayo Ogundipe (ToLet)
3.      Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Flutterwave)
4.      Mohammed Ibrahim Jega (Emerge Tech Africa)
5.      Nasir Yammama (Verdant Agri-Tech)
6.      Nkechi Okwuone (Code for Nigeria)
7.      Nnamdi Stan Ekeh (Yudala)
8.      Olatorera Oniru (
9.      Oscar Ekponimo (Chowberry)
10.  Shola Akinlade (Paystack)
Sports (in partnership with
1.      Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)
2.      Chukwuka Onuwa (MFM FC)
3.      Henry Onyekuru (RSC Anderlecht)
4.      Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)
5.      Moses Simon (KAA Gent)
6.      Ola Aina (Hull City)
7.      Victor Moses (Chelsea)
8.      Victor Osimhen           VfL (Wolfsburg)
9.      Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)
10.  William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor)

Social Entreprise & Philanthropy
1.      Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin (Pearl Africa Foundation)
2.      Ayodeji Osowobi (Stand To End Rape Initiative)
3.      Chaste Christopher Inegbedion (Padman Initiative Africa)
4.      Hauwa Ojeifo (She Writes Woman)
5.      Imrana Alhaji Buba (Youth Coalition against Terrorism)
6.      Muna Onuzo-Iyanam (Gazelle Academy)
7.      Nuhu Ibrahim Alabura (Alabura Foundation)
8.      Omotade Alalade (BeiBei Haven Foundation)
9.      Runcie C.W. Chidebe (Project PINK BLUE)
10.  Yasmin Belo-Osagie (She Leads Africa)

The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians ranking is proudly organised by Avance Media in partnership with,, Abjel Communications, WatsUp TV, Citizen NG,, News for Africa Online, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, CliqAfrica, Pulse Nigeria, Africa Feeds, and CELBMD Africa.

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