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TIME’s 2023 Most Influential People: Bola Ahmed Tinubu Recognized

Discover how Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s President and political powerhouse, has earned a well-deserved spot on TIME’s 2023 Top 100 List, celebrating his influential journey and leadership in overcoming the nation’s complex challenges.



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  • Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s President, featured on TIME’s prestigious 2023 Top 100 List.
  • The Jagaban’s political journey, from Lagos Governor to President, recognized for his unwavering influence.
  • Tinubu’s leadership in navigating Nigeria’s complex challenges earns him a spot among the world’s most influential figures.

LAGOS, Nigeria ( — Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2023. The prestigious annual list, which recognizes the world’s most prominent figures from various fields, pays tribute to Tinubu’s long-standing impact on Nigerian politics and his role in restoring democracy after fighting military rule.

The 71-year-old politician, popularly known as “Jagaban” or “leader of the warriors” by his supporters, won the presidential election earlier this year. It was his first attempt at the highest office in the land, and his campaign slogan, “It’s my turn,” reflected his status as a longtime political power broker. Tinubu previously served two consecutive terms as governor of Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous state and its economic powerhouse.

His victory in the presidential election was a hard-fought one, marked by a slim margin over challengers Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. It was the first time Nigerian voters faced a strong third-party candidate, with many disenchanted young Nigerians seeking change, pinning their hopes on Obi. The election was marred by allegations of intimidation and vote rigging, and its outcome is currently being challenged in court.

As he takes the reins of Africa’s most populous nation, Tinubu inherits a multitude of crises, including entrenched corruption, religious insurgencies, and a struggling economy characterized by cash, fuel, and power shortages. In his acceptance speech, the President-elect acknowledged the daunting task ahead, saying, “[Nigeria] is one country, and we must build it together.”

TIME’s recognition of Tinubu highlights the importance of his leadership in shaping Nigeria’s future. The country’s stability and development will depend on how effectively he addresses these pressing issues while fostering unity and progress.

The TIME 100 list has become a globally recognized benchmark for identifying the most influential people in various fields, including politics, entertainment, sports, and technology. The inclusion of Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the 2023 edition underscores the significance of his role in Nigeria’s political landscape and the potential impact of his leadership on the nation’s future.

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