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Jason Njoku, Omobola Johnson, Mike Adenuga, Sim Shagaya & 5 Others Make the Y! & List for Person of the Year | Voting Starts Today!




The editors of Y!TV, Magazine & Online today announced the shortlist for Y!/ Person of the Year 2013, which winner will be announced in December this year.

The Y!/ Person of the Year is in its third year and is awarded this year to the individual who has most visibly influenced the Nigerian society for good in the past year, breaking new boundaries or consolidating on gains – and driving the advancement of the public, especially young people.

The editors announced there was no winner for its first edition in 2011. The 2012 winner was entrepreneur and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
The shortlist is announced following the decision of editors as well as feedback from readers and social media audiences.

Voting commences today, Monday 11th November 2013 and closes after a month on Sunday 15th December 2013.

To vote please click HERE

The Shortlist
Omobola Johnson, Technology and Governance

Y! and Y Naija Person of the Year 2013 - BellaNaija - November2013004 Omobola Johnson as part of a government deluged by criticism has managed to stand out – focused on her mission to drive and expand Nigeria’s technology space. Through partnerships with and creation of hubs across the country, a formidable policy thrust and her recent visits to Silicon Valley, she stands as a model for governance in a new age.

Jason Njoku, Technology and Enterprise

Y! and Y Naija Person of the Year 2013 - BellaNaija - November2013002 Despite personality-driven criticism, Jason Njoku supervises an innovative business, which, beyond profitability, has managed to shine the light on opportunities in Nigeria’s technology space. His move this year to create SPARK, a network of companies taking advantage of new opportunities, secures his place as a visionary with an eye on the future.

Sim Shagaya, e-commerce and Enterprise
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One of Nigeria’s true e-commerce pioneers, Sim Shagara has, through, inspired a generation of Nigerians through the power of e-commerce. As a symbol of somber, steady strides in business, Shagaya’s success with his innovative business has and will continue to open opportunities for young people in the sector.

Obiageli Ezekwesili, Advocacy and Civil Society

In a country where influence can depend, to a fault, on ties in government, Obiageli Ezekwesili stands as an important image. Voluntarily choosing civil society, she has driven the important issues of national debate, including cost of governance in the legislature and girl-child marriage. More importantly, she has inspired action and change.

Bola Tinubu, Politics and Governance

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Democracies survive through the power of vigorous debate, this most effectively driven by a strong and credible opposition. Though viewed as a flawed politician, Bola Tinubu this year with the All Progressive’s Congress, led the building of the only political party with a real chance at the center since democracy returned to Nigeria in 1999.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Governance and the Economy

Okonjo-Iweala_Ngozi_2008_portrait While polls show a low approval rating for the federal government, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has shown a grit and single-minded focus on doing a difficult job at a difficult time – because someone has to get it done. Through Nigeria’s credit rating to the country’s mortgage system, she is keeping the economy steady, and the world seems to agree.

Tony O. Elumelu, Entreprise and PhilanthropyY! and Y Naija Person of the Year 2013 - BellaNaija - November2013005 Through projects in power, hospitality, agriculture and beyond, Tony O. Elumelu is steadily changing the way business is done across the continent. Beyond that however, his foundation has extended the boundaries of using personal wealth to do good – developing entrepreneurs, expanding sectors, and deepening enterprise.

Akinwunmi Adesina, Agriculture and the EconomyY! and Y Naija Person of the Year 2013 - BellaNaija - November2013001 Akinwunmi Adesina’s vision for a Nigeria that is a self-sustaining and to register 20 million farmers by 2015 might seem exaggerated, but his focus and strides are not. With over 60 percent of Nigeria’s working population now verifiably in agriculture and related businesses, the country is now on the cusp of a true economic revolution.

Mike Adenuga, Telecoms and CultureY! and Y Naija Person of the Year 2013 - BellaNaija - November2013003 For Mike Adenuga, being Proudly Nigerian is not just a catchphrase – it is, apparently, a business philosophy. Beyond pushing the boundaries of speed on phones and the Internet, he has used his continental success to celebrate Nigeria’s icons – from Psquare to Ebenezer Obey, in the process establishing iconic status not just in business but also in culture.

Aliko Dangote, Industry and Job CreationAlhaji-Aliko-Dangote Aliko Dangote is Africa’s richest man, but that is only half of the story. Through giant strides in manufacturing across the country, he has succeeded in creating thousands of jobs and building entrepreneurs who are certain to re-engineer our economy. He has also flown Nigeria’s flag in extending his brand across Africa.

As always, all 10 are Nigerians who have shaped and engineered society as we know it, and for good, over the past year,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is editor-in-chief for Y!/ “They have driven growth, created employment, inspired change across sectors and in some cases revolutionized entire sectors. We are excited to see who the final choice will be.”

There will be no award or ceremony for the Y!/ Person of the Year 2013. The winner will be notified formally and an announcement made to the public on Monday 30th December 2013.

About Y!/
Y!/ is a network of premium media brands – Y! TV, Y! Magazine,, Teen Y!,, Y! 2015, – committed to an evolving generation of Africans. Established in 2011, with a vision to provoke thought, inspire action and stimulate growth; it has become the leading media platform for young Africans with reach across West, East and Southern Africa, influencing policy, opinion and leading on issues across sectors with a focus on governance, culture and technology.

About RED
RED is an innovative media company focused on Africa with a vision to excite and empower an evolving generation through the media’s limitless possibilities. Built across tools and platforms, its Communication Division holds Red Media, Red Marketing and Red Media-SME Support; and its Content Division holds the Y! brands, including Y! TV, Y! Magazine,, Teen Y!,, Y! 2015, and the Y! Annual Black Ball/Y! 100 Most Influential List. It also anchors a development firm, The Future Project Africa, which presents Africa’s leading youth platform, The Future Awards Africa, and other projects including the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders and The Future Enterprise Support Scheme.


  1. madman

    November 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Warris this? competing with Forbes I see… lool

  2. madman

    November 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    who puts Tinubu and Obiageli Ezekwesili on the same list? looool what a joke!


    November 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I can think of some more influential minds for this list.


    November 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    You all are winners as far as am concerned. Other hard
    working, law abiding citizens, be them cleaners, hawkers,etc, are
    winners also. The Nigerians in diaspora, who are working hard day
    and night and contributing in a lot of ways in our economy are
    winners too. May God continue to shower us with more hardworking
    and creative citizens.

  5. Sopono

    November 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Have you guys heard of Gaffar Williams? Very soon you will. People who are working without shouting

  6. talk to me

    November 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    how?Tinubu on this list…so dissappointed….YNaija…u no try!

  7. fanafana

    November 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Thank God Omotola Jalade is not on this one.


    November 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm


  9. NaijaPikin

    November 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Tinubu on this list is all I need to write off these folks
    credibility. Rubbish!!!!!

  10. Shame

    November 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Every year,every list, the same people in a country of 150
    million. Popularity contest

  11. mimi

    November 12, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Akinwunmi Adesina’s is fine man ohhh, uhmm is he…
    ok let just keep quiet

  12. myopnion

    November 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Mike Adenuga my Pick

  13. myopnion

    November 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Mike Adenuga, my pick

  14. myopnion

    November 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    i will vote for Mike Adenuga

  15. Aibee

    November 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I see they abandoned the Future Awards Young Person of the Year category and rebranded it Y!/YNaija Young Person of the Year so as to get in the moneybags and politicians.
    Chude and Adebola certainly know what they are doing.

    • new bride

      November 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      LOL!!! They’ve ‘grown’ up to understand how these things
      work in Naija!

  16. Ibukun

    November 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

    So proud of you Sim.

  17. Daniel

    November 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    But why is Tinubu on the list? If you think the merging of parties to form a formidable opposition is worth celebration what is the rationale for choosing Asiwaju? why not the Chairman of the merger committee? or the manifesto writing committee chair of the Party or Bisi Akande or Buhari or Lai Mohammed. Ynaija please think through things so you maintain credibility.

    • Madman

      November 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Part of the reason why Nigerian Youths lack credibility. Any thing to dig into the pockets of these politicians. With lazy youth gatherings with no agenda to useless awards….

  18. Zeezah

    November 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Jobless people all around the places…We are so satisfied
    that its now time to talk about voting for the wealthy guys around
    us . Hmmmmmmmmm

  19. Tasha thinks Aibee is Ignorant

    November 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Its right here on BN i read of the list for Young Person of the year you say is replaced with politicians:
    Whatever your personal grief is, take it outside and stop this Nigerian “bring them down” syndrome. gosh! you guys make me too scared to some home!

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