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Y! Magazine presents the ‘Freedom Issue’ featuring Nigeria’s Most Influential Young People



The second issue of Y! Magazine is hitting newsstands this week and we are definitely looking forward to grabbing a hold of this issue.
This issue of the magazine is themed the “Freedom Issue” and for this Y! has selected 50 of the most influential young Nigerians under 35, and – working with the model of Time Magazine’s Most Influential 100 – this edition got sterling individuals to write shorts essay about these young leaders.

In addition, because of course there are many other brilliant young Nigerians outside that list of 50, the editorial board listed out a further 200 names inspire hope for Nigeria’s future: names including Genevieve Nnaji, Bode Pedro, Hassan Rilwan, Dimeji Alara, Adaobi Nwaubani and many others.

Other articles in this edition include an incisive piece about all the presidential contenders written by Tolu Ogunlesi, a roll call of all the remarkable things young people have done since Nigeria’s independence by Atom Lim, a provocative piece by Amara Nwakpa called “Can We trust this Jonathan?” and others.

Highlights include a review of Ije by Cheta Nwanze , Yetunde Taiwo of IcyPR’s feature as  this quarter’s Bright Young Thing, Tosin Martins shares his inspiration story losing a child and trudging on, there’s a beautiful wedding feature, award winning poet Uche Peter Umez sends in a Letter from Switzerland, Maye Hunta (who sang the popular Ekaette song) joins radio presenters Manny and Sola Thompson as they talk about ‘dangerous housegirls’ and there are exciting reviews from Wana Udobang, Adebayo Omisore, Chinedu Iroche and others!

Check out some snippets from the magazine below and see the complete list of “Who’s writing about who” below.

Who is writing about Who?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
TY Bello – Lara George
Tara Fela-Durotoye – Mo Abudu
Adedayo Osholowu – Matilda Kerry
2Face Idibia – Dr. Reuben Abati
IK Osakioduwa – Obi Asika
Cobhams Asuquo – Timi Dakolo
Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth) – Darey Art-Alade
Adeolu Akinyemi – Fela Durotoye
‘Gbenga Sesan – Prof. Pat Utomi
Oluwatosin Otitoju – Modupe Adefeso
Modupe Adefeso – Funke Babatola
Funke Bucknor – Hafsat Abiola
9ice – Dele Momodu
Denrele Edun – Charly Boy
Ali Nuhu – Awwalu Salihu
Bamidele Odufuye – ‘Gbenga Sesan
Toyosi Akerele – Obiageli Ezekwesili
Bukola Adubi – Seun Soyinka
ID Cabassa – Laolu Akins
LEAP Africa – Kaine Agary
Banke Meshida-Lawal – Betty Irabor
Abdulkareem Baba Aminu – Mak Kusare
Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi – Nkiru Olumide-Ojo
Funke Akindele – Kunle Bakare
Linda Ikeji – Frank Osodi
Emmanuel Etim – Amb. Nkoyo Toyo
D’banj – 2face Idibia
Onye Ubanatu – Orode Uduaghan
Uche Nnaji – Ohimai Atafo
Funke Adetutu – Emmanuel Toili
Mosunmola Umoru – Audu Ogbeh
Stephanie Okereke – Adesuwa Onyenokwe
Asa – Yinka Davies
Knighthouse – Sasha
Kemi Lala Akindoju – Iretiola Doyle
Tolu Sangosanya – Adebayo Omisore
Ify Aniebo –Ndidi Nwuneli
Yagazie Chukwumerije – ‘Shina Okeleji
Adebola Lewis – Funke Bucknor
Fatima Zara Modibbo – Subomi Plumptre
Tolu Ogunlesi – Chika Unigwe
Warebi Martha – Indiasho
MI Abaga – Dayo Adeneye (D-One)
Maste Uwatse – Toni Kan
Andre Blaze – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
Ifunanya Maduka – Toyin Subair
Kenneth Gyang – Tajudeen Adepetu
Omoyemi Akerele – Tara Fela-Durotoye


  1. Peperempe

    October 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Sounds like a great idea….and Bella is on the list! Congrats my dear, you deserve it!!!!

  2. Brittle Paper

    October 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    “Living from Car to Car.” Talk about creative titles.

  3. Remi Fagbohun

    October 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    It’s good seeing the future being represented the RIGHT way!!
    With so much negativity out there, this is always refreshing to see.
    As always, good job BN.

  4. Dee

    October 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    How do we get copies of the magazine?

  5. Femi Salawu

    October 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    my eyes are filled wit lust for dis magzine. cant wait to caress it wit my hands!!!

  6. Zara

    October 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    how do people outside of Nigeria get a hold of the magazine copy?

  7. Keke

    October 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! That’s all I can say. If every page looks dis good, then wow!

  8. The Bola

    October 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    How come Uche Eze (a.k.a. brains behind BN) isn’t on this list.
    Unless my eyes are deceiving me, I’ve combed through this list 4X, still can’t find her name…

  9. ade o

    October 19, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I want! I want! I waaaaaaaant!

  10. Tola

    October 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Hallo. I can’t seem to find a website or a link to the mag, where can one get it?

  11. Gino

    October 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I cant wait to own a copy.

  12. ola badmus

    October 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    This is fantastic but I will love to ask, why were the BLING boys Ohimai Godwin Amaize (maga no need pay) and Fiammari M. Zoaka ( cool2vote) not profiled.. Those boys are doing great service to nigeria.. Godwin is 26 and is dele momodu’s campaign coordinator while Zoaka is about 25 and cool2vote has gone beyond boarders. Just my thoughts..
    Great job all the same.

    • mee

      October 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      I thought some names were glaringly missing as well. But what do I know

  13. Kennrth

    October 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm


    The magazine is available from Wednesday at Terra Kulture, the Silverbird Lifestyle Store and others in Lagos.

    It will be with Vendors and with selected states from Monday. More info on!

  14. Tosin

    November 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I’ll go out now and check if my fave vendor has it. The cover is beautiful, the concept is time/labour-intensive, and I hope it’s just madd motivational. The first Y! magazine was really different too – imagine an enjoyable magazine that is also about important issues. More power.

  15. onakoya oludotun

    February 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve read through the magazine and I am wondering why I didn’t see someone like Muyiwa Ademola in the list of the 50 young people who will change nigeria.Looking at his productions(both as a director and a script/story writter), I must say he is one of the best hands I know in the movie industry at present.I didn’t even sight his name in the other “suplementary” list.Y!

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