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Chimamanda Adichie, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Mo Abudu, Oby Ezekwesili & Others are the 10 Nominees for YNaija! Person of the Year 2014



Downloads1Y! – TV, Magazine & Online – has announced the shortlist for Y! / Person of the Year for 2014

The YNaija Person of the Year is in its fourth year and is awarded 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 2013 winner was tech industry trailblazer, Jason Njoku.

The shortlist was announced following the decision of editors as well as feedback from readers and social media audiences.

Voting has officially commenced and will close after a month on Sunday, 12 December.

Here are the 10 nominees:

–       Mosunmola Abudu, MediaMosunmola_Abudu_1

–       Babatunde Fashola, GovernanceGov-Fashola

–       Mobola Johnson, Public ServiceOmobola-Johnson

–       Vincent Enyeama, SportsVincent+Enyeama+Tahiti+v+Nigeria+uKj05f57nyql

–       Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, FashionLanre Da Silva Ajayi (1)

–       Obiageli Ezekwesili, Civil SocietyOby Ezekwesili (1)

–       Chimamanda Adichie, ArtChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

–       Stella Adadevoh, HealthDr-Ameyo-Stella-Adadevoh

–       Adamu Muazu, Politics?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

–       Atedo Peterside, BusinessAtedo_Peterside.17122148_std

“As with each year, 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!/ “We are excited to continue this direction of spotlighting and celebrating them. We look forward to the 2014 winner!”

There will be no award or ceremony for the YNaija Person of the Year 2014. The winner will be notified formally and an announcement made to the public on Monday, 30 December, with an essay detailing rationale, impact and significance.

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  1. @edDREAMZ

    November 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    That lady that folded her hands is one hell of a beauty… No doubt angels do exist in Nigeria…..

  2. Tosin

    November 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Naija has some great women and men sha.
    (blowing a kiss to my husbands)

  3. Jennifer

    November 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Stella Adadevoh! No one deserves it more than her.

  4. missy J

    November 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    No Davido or Wizkid????!! Marvins nkor???!! LOL . I concur Late Dr Stella Adadevoh deserves it more than anyone and may her soul continue to rest in perfect peace, Amen!!!

    • ck

      November 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      I pray Nigerians do not forget that if not for her and her selfless colleagues we may still be fighting ebola in nigeria today – some of us abroad will be unable to visit our family for xmas this year (or even go home and safely return to our jobs without a 3weeks ban/ quarantine by our employer). They should have just given her a special recognition award cos non of these people are in her league. But kudos to Y Naija for at least recognising her.

  5. Confused

    November 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Im sorry but what exactly has Chimamanda done? Fine shes an amazing author but that’s really it. Asides from writing fiction I don’t see her doing anything influential in Nigeria. When they passed the gay law she ran to write some silly story just so she could get into the global media . But where is her voice in all this book haram and chibok girls saga? Shes fake to me. She will only do things she knows will get the attention of people in the western world

  6. Maximus Agbaegbu

    November 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Please go and write your own books and your own articles. Adichie has written lots of articles that deal on issues concerning the country. Half of A Yellow Sun helped me appreciate what happened during the civil war as a young Nigerian Igbo who wasn’t even born then

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