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Ink Eze, Adekunle Gold, Simi, Nancy Isime named in Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians List for 2018



Ink Eze, Adekunle Gold, Nancy Isime listed among 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians by Avance Media | BellaNaija

Avance Media has announced finalists for the 3rd edition of its annual ranking focused on young people, dubbed: 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians.

According to Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media, this year’s list features young people who have made remarkable contributions toward their respective fields, extending impact to other young people across Nigeria and beyond.

Public voting has also commenced on to determine the influence of the nominees in their categories and in the overall ranking.

Previous editions have been won by actress Funke Akindele-Bello (2016) and footballer Victor Moses (2017).

Some notable personalities nominated include: Wizkid, Davido, Ubi Franklin, Grace Ihejiamaizu, Japheth J Omojuwa, Tonye Rex Idaminabo, and Victor Moses etc.

Below is the list of nominees represented in their respective categories.


  • Akinwande Durojaye (JustBrandIt)
  • Chichi Nwoko (Kwese Free Sports Nigeria)
  • Ink Eze (Aso Ebi Bella)
  • Kene Rapu (Kene Rapu)
  • Michael Ugwu (Sony Music Western Africa)
  • Obinna Okwodu (Fibre)
  • Obinwanne Okeke (Invictus Group)
  • Stanley Uzochukwu (Stanel Oil Group)
  • Tania Omotayo (Ziva Lagos)
  • Ubi Franklin (Made Men Music Group)


  • Adekunle Gold (Musician)
  • Beverly Naya (Actress)Davido (Musician)
  • Falz (Musician)
  • Kenny Blaq (Comedian)
  • Kizz Daniel (Musician)
  • Olamide (Musician)
  • Sambasa Nzeribe (Actor)
  • Simi (Musician)
  • Wizkid (Musician)

Law & Governance

  • Abdullateef Olasubomi Abdul (Lawyer)
  • Adamu Garba (Politician)
  • Barr. Bamidele Olamilekan (Lekan Bamidele & Co)
  • Bashir Ahmad (PA – President of Nigeria)
  • Chidera Okolie (Lawyer)
  • Chike Ukaegbu (Presidential Candidate)
  • George Ugwuja (APC)
  • Ikechukwu Uzoma (United Nations)
  • Ossai Ovie Success (PA – Governor, Delta State)
  • Tonye Rex Idaminabo (ADC Candidate)

Leadership & Civil Society

  • Bello Bala Shagari (National Youth Council)
  • Japheth J Omojuwa (Activist)
  • Michael Ajayi (Enactus Nigeria)
  • Niniola Soleye (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (DRASA) Health Trust)
  • Oluwaseun Ologun Williams (ECOWAS Youth Council)
  • Samson Itodo (Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement)
  • Seun Oluyemi (Y! Productions)
  • Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
  • Uwabor Joshua (Nigeria Entrepreneurs Awards)
  • Zuriel Oduwole


  • Adenike O. Adebayo (Blogger)
  • Adetola Anita Adetoye (Beauty Consultant)
  • Ereme Abraham (Social Media Influencer)
  • Fola David (Painter)
  • Joyce Jacob (Joyce Jacob Beauty)
  • Nancy Isime (Model)
  • Olori Supergal (Blogger)
  • Tolani Alli (Photographer)
  • Tomi Adeyemi (Author)
  • Victor Ebiye (Social Media Influencer)


  • Adeola Fayehun (Keeping It Real With Adeola)
  • Adesewa Josh (OAP)
  • Eromo Egbejule (The Africa Report)
  • Idia Aisien (OAP)
  • Maria Okanrende (OAP)
  • Moet Abebe (OAP)
  • Osagie Alonge (Pulse Nigeria)
  • Osi Suave (OAP)
  • Rosemary Ajuka (OAP)
  • Tisan Bako (OAP)

Personal Development & Academia

  • Alex Iheanacho (Money Sense Africa)
  • Collins CK Chiemezie (The MADE Woman Foundation)
  • Grace Ihejiamaizu (iKapture Networks)
  • Ife Durosinmi – Etti (Author)
  • Joseph Agunbiade (Univelcity)
  • Olasupo Abideen (Brain Builders International)
  • Rahmon Ojukotola (Rahmon Ojukotola Foundation)
  • Teslim Opemipo Omipidan (
  • Tobi Obasa (Davtonlearn)
  • Tope Ogunsemo (Krystal Digital)

Science & Technology

  • Adeoye Ojo (Sureremit)
  • Oluwatobi Oyinlola (IoT Evangelist)
  • Chris Kwekowe (Slate Cube)
  • Dr. Moses Enokela (SonoCare)
  • Elo Umeh (Terragon Group)
  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Flutterwave)
  • Nkechi Okwuone (Code for Nigeria)
  • Silas Adekunle (Reach Robotics)
  • Tunde Kehinde (Lidya)
  • Victor Ugo (Mentally Aware)

Social Entreprise & Philanthropy

  • Abimbola Omotoyosi Ogunmekan (
  • Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin (Pearl Africa Foundation)
  • Adepeju Jaiyeoba (Brown Button Foundation)
  • Bukola Bolarinwa (Sickle Cell Aid Foundation)
  • Busari Bisayo (Project One Productions)
  • Hauwa Ojeifo (She Writes Woman)
  • JohnBosco Onunkwo (JohnBosco Onunkwo Foundation)
  • Vivian Sonny-Nsirim (Young Moms Support Initiative)
  • Wadi Ben-Hirki (Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation)
  • Williams Uchemba (Williams Uchemba Foundation)


  •  Ahmed Musa
  • Alex Iwobi
  • Evelyn Akhator
  • Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Mikel Obi
  • Odunayo Adekuoroye
  • Oluwatobiloba Amusan
  • Quadri Aruna
  • Simidele Adeagbo
  • Victor Moses


  1. Ada

    January 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Debola Lagos…hello???

  2. femi

    January 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    BN pls review for the sake of credibility, The MADE woman foundation doesnt exist. Please do your findings

  3. gbemi

    January 13, 2019 at 9:09 am

    For the love of God and people,bella Naija please make your findings before posting things, so you will not mislead and promote evil . The MADE WOMAN FOUNDATION OF COLLINS CHIEMEZIE does not exist. Search online, all you will see are packaged lies, no girl child or women was empowered. It was a crap to syphone money from well meaning Nigerians. The collins CK Chiemezie is the same pioneer of SABIFICATE MOVEMENT, a fake youth empowerment where corpers were duped..This case was reported to NYSC here in Abuja 2015.
    Investigative journalism should be part of your core values..make your findings, do not promote evil

  4. Bade

    January 14, 2019 at 10:14 am

    They should rename this the instagram awards.. when will we learn to appreciate substance and not form. And these are the youth i.e. the ‘leaders’ of tomorrow. I hail o.

  5. Mrs chidukane

    January 14, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I know Ikechukwu Uzoma. He is a great guy and doing good work. Vote for him guys.

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