WHO WILL BE NIGERIA MAGAZINE’S 2014 PERSON OF THE YEAR?
Nigeria Magazine’s Person of the Year 2014 issue features profiles of a person, persons,that has done the most influence for the events of the year in Nigeria and beyond.
Take a look at this year’s candidates (listed in alphabetical order) Nigeria Magazine editors who choose the actual Person of the Year reserve the right to disagree
Renowned Nigerian Author, Adichie, award winning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, tells a human story of a brutal and controversial civil war which took place in Nigeria, in the late 60’s.
Highly influenced by her Mother, Ifeoma Adichie, who became the first female Registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Adichie is bold, vivacious, candid; a story teller living her truth. And that fulfilment translates into Award winning novels.
According to her ‘For Purple Hibiscus, I was very homesick, I was in the US. Suddenly I was romantisizing the hibiscus flowers in our front yard and I wrote this book, about missing home, nostalgia. Half of a Yellow Sun was so different. I knew I was writing about this very intense, contested history and I did so much research, and I cried a lot when I was writing it. My grandfathers died in Biafra, and here I was kind of mining the pain of my family.’
‘Then Americana, I laughed a lot writing it. It’s just very different, I don’t so much see it as a kind of linear progression – the books. It’s sort of more just like occupying different parallel spaces,’ Adichie concluded.
From uncovering historical atrocities to playing a role in shaping her country, Nigeria’s future, Adichie has also considered a career in politics.
Biola Alabi is an African media expert based in Lagos, Nigeria. Until recently, Alabi served as Managing Director of the M-Net (the Electronic Media Network), where she spent five years increasing the company’s Africa portfolio, including overseeing the launch of AfricaMagic Hausa, Yoruba and Swahili. She also oversaw four editions of the popular reality series Big Brother Africa and the glittering Face of Africa Finale in Lagos in 2010.
Alabi spearheaded the ambitious multi-channel expansion of the hugely popular AfricaMagic brand into an impressive eight channel line-up. Passionate about African film and television, she recently worked to launch the inaugural AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards, a successful initiative, which is now entering its second year. Alabi previously worked with leading brands Sesame Street,
Bigwords.com and Daewoo Motors, and is currently consulting on special projects for M-Net. She is the winner of numerous awards, including a prestigious 2013 AABLA win as West African Business Woman of the Year. In 2013
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, In April 2014,he announced $9 billion in financing from a consortium of local and international lenders to construct a private oil refinery and fertilizer and petrochemical complex in Nigeria
Dangote Foundation has pledged to donate $3m to a fund established by the African Union (AU) to contain the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.
The President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote made the pledge on behalf of the Foundation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a meeting with some AU business leaders.
According to a statement issued in Lagos by the Dangote Foundation, the AU Ebola Fund was set up in response to the African Union Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma’s call for $30m from Africa’s private sector to support the efforts of the AU in containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
President Goodluck Jonathan
President Jonathan was born in 1957 in the Niger Delta region, Mr Jonathan is a Christian from Bayelsa state, with a PhD from University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
He worked as an education inspector, lecturer and environmental protection officer before going into politics in 1998. Until November 2009, he was serving out his time as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State. President Umaru Yar’Adua was taken to hospital in Saudi Arabia and was not seen again in public until he died on 5 May 2010.
In 2011, President Jonathan launched the Transformation Agenda. The Transformation Agenda is based on a summary of how the Federal Government hopes to deliver projects, programmes, and key priority policies, from 2011 to 2015
Roadmap for Power Sector Reform
On 2 August 2010 Jonathan launched his ‘Roadmap for Power Sector Reform‘. Its primary goal was to achieve stable electricity in Nigeria.
Jonathan has been overseeing the privatisation of his country’s power sector, the end goal being an efficient and reliable power supply for the Nigerian population.
The Power Holding Company of Nigeria, which acted as the state electricity provider, has been broken up into 15 firms, with Nigeria handing over control of state electricity assets to 15 private bidding companies
The Nigerian government contracted the services of CPCS Transcom Limited, a Canada-based consulting firm specialising in transportation and energy infrastructure projects, to act as the transaction adviser for the handover of state electricity assets.
Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria
On 11 October 2011, President Jonathan launched the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) Initiative which he stated was an innovative business plan competition that harnesses the creative energies of young people between the ages of 18 and 35. The YOUWIN Initiative is expected to create between 40,000 to 50,000 sustainable jobs by 2014.
Stephen Keshi became only the second man to win the title as both coach and player, having been captain at the 1994 tournament when Nigeria won for the second time, though he did not play in that final.
Keshi ended Nigeria’s long wait for a major soccer title as the “Super Eagles” beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the 2013 final of the Africa Cup of Nations. Keshi led Nigeria to the 2013 Confederations Cup, defeated Tahiti 6–1, and lost 1–2 to Uruguay in the second game, and also lost 0–3 to World Cup winners, Spain in their final group game
On 25 June 2014, Keshi’s Nigeria progressed to the knockout stage of 2014 World Cup. They started the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Iran, followed by a controversial 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. They lost the final group stage match 2-3 against Argentina, but progressed to the knockout stage, courtesy of a 3-1 win by Bosnia and Herzegovina over Iran.
On 30 June 2014, the Super Eagles lost to France in a 2014 World Cup Round of 16 match. After the match Stephen Keshi announced his resignation as Super Eagles coach but later reversed the decision after the Nigerian Football Federation renewed his contract.
Africa’s fastest woman and Olympic long jump bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare.
Blessing Okagbare, won the sprint double at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and retained her African crown at the African Athletics Championships few weeks later in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The hospital came to worldwide attention in 2014 as the hospital where the Ebola virus disease patient Patrick Sawyer was taken after becoming ill on arrival in Lagos. Sawyer later died at the hospital on the 24 July.
On 19 August, it was reported that the doctor who treated Sawyer at the hospital, Ameyo Adadevoh, had also died of Ebola disease. Adadevoh was posthumously praised for preventing Sawyer from leaving the hospital at the time of diagnosis, thereby playing a key role in curbing the spread of the virus in Nigeria.