Posted by News Express | 2 January 2019 | 1,664 times
Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, incumbent Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and Presidential Candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, have been named among 15 people who will shape the socio-political and economic landscape of Nigeria in 2019.
Also in the list drawn up by popular economist Bismarck Rewane are techpreneur Seni Sulyman, Sterling Bank CEO Abubakar Suleiman, Debt Management Office DG Pat Oniha and Unilever’s Executive Vice President Ghana-Nigeria, Yaw Nsarkoh.
Three entertainment stars are on the list, namely, Wizkid, Kemi Adetiba and Viola Davis
Equally on the list are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and three world leaders: Theresa May (Britain), Xi Jinping (China) and Vladimir Putin (Russia).
Below is how Rewane, CEO of Financial Derivatives Company, justified his selection of each of the 15 “game changers” during a Channels TV programme yesterday, Tuesday, January 1, 2019:
1. Aliko Dangote
The richest man in Africa needs no introductions. Rewane believes that with this business tycoon constantly investing across sectors and employing many, he will continue to be a game changer in every sense of the word.
2. Seni Sulyman
Sulyman makes the 15-man list of Rewane’s ‘game changers’ on the basis of his role at Andela. Technology will be a key driver of most transactions in 2019 and as such Sulyman will be one of those positively disrupting the system through innovative software development.
3. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
With a company (Amazon) worth about I trillion dollars, one cannot but agree that Jeff Bezos will be part of those who will shape 2019 not only in Nigeria but across the world.
4. Vladimir Putin
Looking at 2019 from a political angle at the global stage, we can be sure that Vladimir Putin will play a key role in shaping 2019 with his control of OPEC, as well as the gas pump into Europe.
5. Xi Jinping
With its great numbers, China can never be looked down upon politically and economically. China’s growing demand for oil and its large economy makes it highly impossible that they will be ignored in 2019.
6. Theresa May
Whether it be functional or dysfunctional, Theresa May and the Brexit agenda remains a key issue, as Brexit is upon all of us.
7. Oby Ezekwesili
According to Rewane, Ezekwesili is a game changer in the political space, especially with regards to Nigeria.
“She has been saying the right things, addressing policy issues which she understands very well,” Rewane says.
While it remains uncertain what will be the outcome of the presidential election this year, still Oby Ezekwesili remains a defining voice.
8. Prof Yemi Osinbajo
The Vice President is and will be key in the process of fashioning appropriate policies and strategies that will improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
9. Peter Obi
Armed with data, Peter Obi brings to the table a different approach to discussing the issues in Nigeria, making projections and informed inferences, he is one of those who will shape the socio-economic and political narratives of Nigeria in 2019.
10. Abubakar Suleiman
In the financial service sector, Abubakar Suleiman, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, is one to reckon with. The bank’s affinity with technology makes it a bank to watch out for in 2019 and by inference, makes Suleiman a leading figure that will shape things in the financial sector.
11. Yaw Nsarkoh
Rewane says that with the very interesting work which Unilever has done in the northeast, Nsarkoh cannot be left out of the 2019 dialogue.
12. Pat Oniha
Nigeria has a debt problem and how Pat Oniha manages this will be a determinant of our future, thus making her a key ‘Game Changer’ for 2019.
In the social scene, “Wizkid is moving very fast and gaining great traction” says Rewane. The economist argues that the Dolce & Gabbana ambassador is doing wonderfully well and is going places, hence will continue to be a big topic in 2019.
14. Kemi Adetiba
From the wedding party to King of Boys, Adetiba’s curriculum vitae is solid. The filmmaker and music video director has worked her way into the heart of the Nigerian entertainment industry, making herself a priceless gem for an industry that is taking the world by storm.
15. Viola Davis
With the movie “Widows” getting a 90 percent approval rating on rotten tomatoes and complimentary reviews from many respected critics, this multi-award winning actress and producer is yet again at the centre of attention and this will linger deep into 2019, as fans all over the world continue in awe, to build dialogues around this “triple crown acting” queen.
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