FCT Minister Nyesom Wike and the esteemed veteran singer Innocent Idibia, commonly known as 2Baba, have been recognized as part of the ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa’.
As reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), these two prominent figures were included among other Africans in the list that was unveiled by the organizers on their website on Wednesday.
The roster also features other distinguished Nigerians, such as former SGF Boss Mustapha, Tony Elumelu, Mohammed Abdullahi, Alhaji Imaan Ibrahim, Femi Otedola, Dr. Stephen Akintayo, Farouk Khailann, and Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The list extends to include renowned clergy like Pastor Jerry Eze, as well as individuals like Dr. Daniel Moses, Mohammed Dewji, Mesfin Tasew Bekele, AIGP Aishatu Baju, Gabriel Aduda, Tein Jack-Rich, Tosin Eniolorunda, Dr. Oluwatosin Olatujoye, and Nollywood star Rita Dominic.
Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, the Project Director for Africa in the ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa’, extended congratulations to all the Nigerians who made it onto the list.
He emphasized that these peace icons, hailing from various backgrounds across the continent, have employed their skills, positions, and resources to foster and advance peace within Africa.
Amafibe noted that while this list is comprehensive, there are more Africans who have contributed to peace-building across the continent, and they will be acknowledged and honored in forthcoming editions of this peace-building compilation.
“The 100 most notable peace icons in Africa come from diverse backgrounds and have different life experiences, but they all share a deep commitment to peace and non-violence.
“They have shown us that peace is achievable and that each person can make a difference in building a better world.
“Through their leadership, activism, and humanitarian work, they have inspired millions of people around the world to join their movement and work towards a more just and peaceful future.
“Over the last three decades, our society has been tethering at the brink of global conflict and the pursuit of peace has given rise to some of the most remarkable individuals of our time”, he said.
He added that those who made the list were people who have dedicated their lives to promoting peace and justice in their communities, countries, and the world at large.
“As we honour these remarkable individuals, we are reminded of the importance of their work and the impact it has had on the world.
“We hope that their example will continue to inspire individuals and organisations around the world to work towards a more peaceful and just world for all,” he said.
NAN reports that other recipients across the continent included human rights activist and African Affairs commentator P.L Olumba, Rwanda President; Paul Kagame, Seyi Vodi, Hajiya Salamatu Muktah Josephine Nwaeze, Ayo Animashaun and Prof Stevens Azaiki. (NAN)