Time Magazine has named Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria in the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world. The full list and related attributes appear in the May 2 2011 issue of the magazine.
This is the second time in the history of the TIME 100 that a Nigerian is named, and Sanusi is one of several Africans to have made the current list (Libyan Human Rights Lawyer – Fathi Terbil and Egyptian Wael Ghonim changemaker also made the list). Since taking over as CBN Governor, Sanusi has ruffled feathers by implementing tough reforms within the Nigerian banking industry. He gained some support from Nigerians when he openly refused to back down when challenged by Nigerian legislators on their extravagant expenditure.
This year’s TIME100 list is a “mixed bag” as is the TIME tradition. From Royalty (Prince William & Kate Middleton) to US First Lady Michelle Obama and international pop stars Canadian singer Justin Bieber and Korean star Rain.