Stella Dimoko Nigerians Listed On Forbes 100 Icons List..


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Thursday, April 08, 2021

Nigerians Listed On Forbes 100 Icons List..

 Forbes says the list was curated from Hollywood exports and Grammy artists to award-winning ideas that can save the world.
It also stated that the list is a way of “celebrating those whose ideas, inventions, and influential role models have aided Africa’s growth over the last decade.”


Described as a trailblazer in Nollywood, Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut movie, Lionheart, is the first Netflix Original from Nigeria. Unfortunately, it was the first Nigerian submission for the 2020 Oscars before it was disqualified over English dialogue.

“We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it are proudly Nigerian,” Nnaji said in a tweet.



Easily one of the biggest actors to come out of Africa, multi-award-winning Omotola J Ekeinde has appeared in over 200 movies, according to Entrepreneurs. In 2013, she was featured on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, BeyoncΓ©, and Kate Middleton.

In a report by Nigerian newsroom, Pulse, Ekeinde commented on the fact that she would be part of the cast for Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story, Play Network studios’ remake of Amaka Igwe’s 1994 crime thriller.

“It feels great being a part of this remake… There’s a lot of youth and drama, culture. I like that there is a human story to it. People will be able to relate to it because they can find themselves in the story plus it’s a classic and you can’t go wrong with a classic,” she said.



Labeled as an Afrobeats superstar by FORBES in 2020, Davido is without a doubt one of Africa’s biggest musicians. The Nigerian-American artist, who also graced the FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list in 2018, told us that “it was people like [Nigerian music veterans] P-Square and D’Banj” who made him believe “that all this was possible”. Since his rise to fame, Davido has won multiple awards, including BET awards and MTV awards. He has also signed on several endorsements with MTN and Guinness Nigeria.



Another one of Nigeria’s brightest and biggest stars, Wizkid, is described by Vogue as “an image-maker who speaks to millennials”. The multi-award-winning Afrobeats artist won a Grammy alongside Beyonce for their song Brown Skin Girl (which came off Beyonce’s visual album Black Is King).

In an interview with Evening Standard, he said he did not set out making music to become an African star but rather to be a worldwide musician.

“Music is a universal language. I always felt no soul would favor Afrobeats and not fall in love with it — only if you don’t love music, and I don’t know any human being that doesn’t love music,” he said.



Often known as one of the biggest and most successful African artists on this continent, Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category at the Grammys on March 14. The Grammy nomination described Twice As Tall as “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force”.

“Africa in the house!” an excited Burna Boy said in his acceptance speech, “This is a big win for my Africans all over the world. This should be a lesson to every African out there, no matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do you can achieve it… because you are king!”



Seated in a sun-soaked room in Nigeria, visiting her daughter for her 50th birthday, Rose Leke is anything but the typical grandmother. At the age of 74, she has made a significant contribution to the field of science and continues this through her academic career as an Emeritus Professor of immunology and parasitology at the University of YaoundΓ© I in Cameroon.

She began her career by being rejected and having to prove her worthiness to become a scientist.

“There was an examination to go to the United States of America as part of the “African scholastic program for American Universities” which allowed Africans like me to study at an American University, I was one of two women who wrote it amongst all these men and I was the only one to get through; come to the verbal interviews I didn’t make it, only the men went through. The American authorities then got involved after seeing my results and a man from the United States of America embassy came looking for me to tell me that I had done well and made it and granted me a scholarship,” reminisces Leke.

Since this pivotal moment, Leke has gone on to serve her community through her studies around malaria,. She sits on numerous health boards and committees across the continent and has created the Higher Institute for Growth in Health Research for Women Consortium to mentor female scientists in Cameroon. As chair of the International Regulations Emergency Committee of Polio Eradication, wild polio was eradicated across Africa in 2020, something she couldn’t be happier about as to her it means “no person will be paralyzed by polio again”.

Known as “ma” to her students and colleagues, Leke has no intention of stopping anytime soon and believes her main goal going forward is preparing young female scientists for the future. “I have always mentored and overseen young girls making their way into science, but now I have a structure in place and as long as I am around and the Women Consortium is around, no girl will be told ‘science just isn’t for her’.”



Known for her feminism which comes across not only in her books but in the way she speaks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has brought the power of narrative to all the work she has done. The Half of a Yellow Sun author has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors [which] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”, particularly in her second home, the United States (her first being Nigeria).


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

“I hope other women will not just emulate me but do better… people ask me how do you manage to be successful but I did not set out to be promoted. For me, success was getting out of bed and running to work,” says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and the first African to hold the office as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Okonjo-Iweala has made history, and she was FORBES AFRICA’s African of the Year in 2020.



Also known to the world as Jeremiah Ogbodo, Swanky Jerry is a Nigerian celebrity fashion stylist who has dressed the likes of Pearl Thusi, Davido, Nyanda, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Sarkodie, and African presidents and first ladies. In 2020, he made the FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list.

“We would usually have to wear the clothes of the locals of each city we visited, to blend in, and I loved it! Growing up within this lifestyle, I became more inspired by my surroundings and began to invest in Nigerian fashion magazines and people-watching at big events due to the elaborate fashion being paraded,” he told FORBES AFRICA.



CNN calls her ‘one of Nollywood’s biggest stars”. Funke Akindele-Bello rose to fame after starring in the popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know.

“When I started I Need To Know, I never thought I would be this celebrated. I was 20 years old at the time,” she said in the interview.



Known to the world as ‘Mr Eazi’, Nigerian-born singer Oluwatosin Ajibade has made a name for himself as an award-winning African artist. In 2020, he made the coveted FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list, in which he spoke about the side hustle while in college in Ghana that led him to a best-selling career in music and earning millions of fans along the way. “I began my career with a small cash gift from friends, which enabled me to pay for my first professional-quality video for Skin Tight,” he told FORBES AFRICA, on the early days.



  1. Mr EAZI on forbes, looking at the list with stella's πŸ• side eyes. Na dem sabi.🚢🚢🚢🚢🚢

    1. You know nothing. Eazi is a business guru but since you only visit stella's blog for news, na only gossip you know.

  2. Nice selection.
    They have all made huge impacts in their various feilds.

  3. Congratulations to them but Forbes are no longer credible. Congratulations again πŸ™ŒπŸ½.

    1. Castle, I see you on that list one day soon. Please harness your talent. I'm waiting to read your books.

    2. Castle, allow people to write as they want to on this blog. You have no business correcting that anon. Forbes is or Forbes are, who cares?
      The blog belongs to Stelladimoko, not you so let us enjoy it. Some of you become entitled and start feeling important when you’re on these platforms. Nonsense!

    3. Thanks 14:42. May the Good Lord grant all your good heart desires. I love you, I love you, I love you.

      15:45, I won't stop correcting bad spellings or tenses. Anyone can correct me too.
      Stop crying.

    4. Please Castle, carry on.

    5. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  4. Since Invictus obi made this their Forbes list, I don't trust them again

    1. πŸ‘ Nothing they say is credible to me. Nothing.

    2. Thank God someone sees it. Same Forbes that said Kylie and Kim are billionaires, then said they weren't billionaires, now Kim is a billionaire. Forbes is not credible.

  5. Congratulations to them,they are making us proud
    Naija to the world πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬

  6. I'm here for Genevieve, Chimamanda and Ngozi. ❤️❤️❤️

    1. I’m here to correct the spaces that you left between three of the words in your sentence. Yer, does that seem petty? It does.

    2. Jesus, someone cannot correct someone in peace again. Not like there was any insult. Anon, u are doing too much over nothing.

    3. I can write the same about you, you’re also doing too much.
      This is Stella’s blog and people should be allowed to read and comment in peace without the unnecessary intrusion of some people who think they ‘run’ the blog under the guise of correcting others. Would they have made that correction in person while facing the person in real life? I think not. It was petty.

    4. You're wasting your time. I'll keep correcting until rapture takes place.
      For your info, I used to correct my boss all the time, I edited memos.
      Come and beat me. Nonsense!

  7. Just to show you how skewed this list is, what about Lady Mechanic who has redefined an entire industry and broken age, gender and religious barriers?

    What I can't do your work for you lot!!

    Lollll see regurgitated names of most popular in nollywood and then they went to add one obscure name so you won't see it as lazy work.

    EL o el.

  8. Looking at the list with side eyes πŸ‘€

    1. I'm good with the list except Mr Eazi.

      He sings depressing songs.
      "'s your boy Eaziiiiiii.

      Congrats to everyone.

  9. I didn't see Buhari, Amina, Halima, Zarah, Usman Bako, Garba Shehu, Lauretta Madam NwaAwusa, Aliko, Isah Ahmed, Musa Aisha etc. making us proud there.

    Where is my e-glass? Let me check again.

    Congrats better children

  10. Lazy list, no offense omotola is good but she old story same with gene, to b honest I see only 3 people on that list that should really b there burna, iwela, and May b chidinma but she’s of recent been a noise maker rather than be laying r work out

  11. What is Mr Eazi doing there?

  12. Also Chukwunonso Arinze for his invention of the Kaoshi mobile app.

    Congrats to the love of my life, Queen EVE, NOI and Amanda Adichie.


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