100 Most Influential Christians in 2016
Nigerian Number one Influential Christian Platform, ECCLEZZIA.COM, took a look at 100 Christians who have been influential to Nigeria and the world at large in 2016. Among these influential Christians are pastors, singers, writers, creators, entertainers among others. They made impact in 2016 and that’s why they made our list.
This list is not in any particular order.
- Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Born March 2, 1942, Adeboye is a Nigerian pastor and the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
In 2016 Baba Adeboye as he is fondly called was never far from the headlines. He pastors so many political leaders in the country. His “don’t marry a woman that cannot cook” advice trended on social media for weeks. His ministry and impacts are not only felt in Nigeria, but in the whole world at large. His festival of life outreach was held in several city across the world.
- Pastor Mrs Adeboye
Pastor Foluke Adenike Adeboye, born 13th July, 1948 is wife to world famous pastor, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Fondly called mummy G.O and Mother-in-Israel of the Redeemed Christian Church of God where she holds top leadership positions, Pastor Foluke will be remembered this year for taking full care of a church member’s quadruplet born during the Holy Ghost Congress convention.
- Tolu Odukoya Ijogun
Tolu Odukoya Ijogun, daughter of late Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, Lagos and televangelist, Bimbo Odukoya, is a mother of two, a marketing professional and a passionate worshiper. After years of talking to real women with real life issues, Pastor Tolu felt God was calling her to create a forum for Christian women where nothing was off limits. She counsels and inspire women on ‘Real Talk Women’, a blog on Instagram, while also touching lives of women and youths all over Nigeria through social media. She became an ordained Pastor this year.
- Juliana Olayode (Toyo baby)
She is a Nigerian Actress whose dream is to become the best actress in the world without letting go of any value and her love for God. Many aspiring young actresses look up to her as role model. In 2016 she starred in the popular “Jenifa’s Diary” as ToyoBaby. She really showed love for God by influencing young girls teaching them that virginity is key.
- Paul Eneche (chieftancy title)
Dr. Paul Eneche is the founder and senior pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Center. Pastor Paul Eneche is the publisher of the monthly daily devotional called ‘The Seeds of Destiny’ and also the host of the popular television and Radio series titled ‘Destiny Encounter’. He has passion for youths, and is a well sought-after author and speaker by government and various organizations.
- Pastor Joshua Iginla
Prophet Joshua Iginla, the General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, an Abuja-based worship centre, is Man of God known for his shocking predictions which usually come to pass. He was in the news in 2016 for his amazing gifts to prominent Nollywood actors and actresses
With over 25 years of leading worship around the World, Sinach is a worship leader known globally for writing over 500 hundred songs, some of which include, ‘Awesome God’, ‘I stand Amazed’, ‘Jesus is Alive’. I Know Who I Am, The Name of Jesus and many more which have become anthems in many Churches and homes all around the world. Her songs inspire many and leave them yearning for God. In 2016 she was appointed by the christian icon Benny Hinn as his worship leader.
- Frank Edward
Frank Ugochukwu Edward nicknamed richboy is a Nigerian contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and recording artist from Enugu, Enugu State. He is the founder and owner of the record label Rocktown Records. Mr. Edwards is a producer, a keyboardist and a member of the Presidential band of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in Christ Embassy Church. He has six albums and many hit singles to his name. In 2016 his album FRANKINCENSE topped charts on iTunes against Beyonce’s Lemonade and Rihanna’s ANTI albums.
- Pastor Sam Adeyemi
Born on February 3, 1967, Sam Adeyemi is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ that God wants us to lead and succeed in every area of living across the globe through his resources such as television, radio broadcast, publications, seminar and books. A highly sought after conference speaker, Sam Adeyemi has impacted millions of people around the world. He is known for teaching practical biblical principles to help people succeed and become role models in every area of their life. In the past year Pastor Sam was a keynote speaker at the Global Leadership Summit held in Chicago.
- Pastor Mrs. Nike Adeyemi
Nike Adeyemi was born on April 11th 1967 to the family of Professor Gabriel and Princess Aderonke Ogunmola. The Architect turned Pastor is the Director, Women Ministries of Daystar Christian Church and the President of Real Women Foundation, a motivational and healing ministry for women. Pastor Nike also runs a motherless babies home where she takes care of the abandoned children and the less privileged, taking them off the street and giving them food, clothing and shelter. Pastor Nike has found a unique way preach the Word in her Instagram handle and twitter account.
- Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Biodun Fatoyinbo is the Senior Pastor of the 5,000 member COZA Abuja. With Worship Centers in the cities of Ilorin and Lagos, COZA spans about 9, 000 members and cuts across people of diverse backgrounds, professions and nationalities. Pastor Biodun is a speaker, writer and sought after Conference speaker across the globe whose ministry has been blessing lives. In 2016 Pastor Biodun can be said to be the most influential Pastor on social media. He was never from the headlines for excellent things he and his church is doing for God. He hosted Benny Hinn at his Abuja Church in November.
- Pastor Godman Akinlabi
Pastor Akinlabi was born on the 28th of December 1973. He is the Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church, Lagos. Godman worked with Pastor Adeyemi for over 12 years as an ushering pastor, teacher, trainer, facilitator and preacher. An influential minister, who’s been a blessing to many. Pastor Godman’s ministry witnessed tremendous increase in 2016. The church hosted a social media week event in 2016 and also was part of the ambassadors for a christian dating app.
- Nikki Laoye
Oyenike Laoye-Oturu, professionally known as Nikki Laoye, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress, renowned for her eclectic musical expressions and captivating stage performances. Laoye’s style of music has really distinguished her and is enjoyed by many. In 2016, she did a lot of humanitarian work helping the blind.
14. Lanre Ijiwola
He is a Nigerian clergyman, author and scholar based in Chicago. He created a personalized bible app known as “ToYouBible App”. He’s the lead Pastor of The CityLight Intl. Assembly whose ministry is blessing many lives. In 2016, He is the inspiration behind the ministers’ connect movement, where pastors and christian leaders meet to just fellowship with one another. Minister connect in 2016 held in Lagos, Abuja and Chicago.
- Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Popularly known as Neymar, he is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team. Neymar who came into prominence at an early age of 17 at Santos, where he made his professional debut, is a Christian footballer with a difference. In 2016 when he won the Olympic gold at Rio, he dedicated to Jesus 100% which influenced millions to believe in Jesus.
- David O. Oyedepo
Born September 27, 1954, Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of the mega church Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel. He is a man of faith whose ministry make people walk in the realms of faith and miracles. He was on the news several times this year concerning his University fee.
- Emmanuel Benjamin
Popularly known as EBEN, he started out as a rapper in his early teens. Mentored by his elder brother, he later discovered he could also sing and never stopped singing since then. In 2007 he released his solo album”ON THE ROCK” which features hit tracks like “Imaranma”,”God Dey”,”Iwo Nikan” and others. With a unique genre he pioneered and calls Afrocentric rock, Eben is an artiste that keeps inspiring his world.
- Toyin Sokefun-Bello
TY Bello, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, photographer and philanthropist. Prior to pursuing a solo career, she was a member of the defunct gospel band Kush. Known for her hit track, “Greenland”. Bello’s philanthropy to a former Nigerian bread hawker, Olajumoke, is what the world will never forget.
- Pope Francis
He is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and sovereign of Vatican City. Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been noted for humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, concern for the poor, and commitment to interfaith dialogue, which makes him a gem to his world.
- Fr. Mbaka
Ebenezer Mbaka (Rev. Fr.) is a priest of the Catholic Church, ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. He is a resident priest at Our Lady’s Parish, Emene in Enugu State of Nigeria, and the founder and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN). His prophecies to national issues in the country have always been relevant in the year 2016.
- Samuel Oluwaleke Alder is the founder and principal of Alder Consulting, a Nigerian branding firm with offices in Lagos and London. He is credited with introducing branding as a discipline to Nigeria and has consulted on policy, politics and business at the highest levels locally and internationally. His unparalleled Christian approach to business and national issues have named him in this list.
- Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao
He is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as Senator of the Philippines. In boxing he has held the lineal welterweight title since April 2016, and the WBO welterweight title since November 2016. He is a Christian who sees God first in all doings. 2016 is a year to be remembered for him.
- Timothy Richard Tebow
He is an American professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organization and a former professional American footballer. What is spectacular about him is his love for God and godliness in his profession. He stood for God even on the court.
- Sunday Adelaja
He is the founder and senior pastor of the Embassy of God, in Kiev, Ukraine. After moving to Ukraine, he started a large network of churches known as the Embassy of God Church. Pastor Sunday Adelaja who is very active online with his Facebook posts and blog posts, he has managed to get into the heart of Nigerians with his plan to become the president.
- Poju Oyemade
Oyemade is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos. He was called to ministry whilst he was still an undergraduate at the University of Lagos. Ordained by Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Ministries Worldwide, Oyemade is known for his practical and motivating sermons. He has been influencing Nigerians with his national yearly program called “The Platform”.
- Tim Godfrey
He is a dynamic music director established as an embodiment of Kirk Franklin unpredictable music ideas. He is a voice instructor, conference speaker, writer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, producer, presenter, music and Art training consultant, and musical concert clinician. A lover of God and a composer of soul-uplifting songs. He has made some hit songs this year 2016.
- Chude Jideonwo
Jideonwo is a Nigerian lawyer, award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur. He is also recognized as a leading expert on New/Social Media and Youth Lifestyles. He worked as an expert in development across Africa, mostly with The Future Project, focused on inspiring leadership, building entrepreneurs and innovative use of the media which has reached millions of Nigerians, especially young people. He is the co-founder of RED Media and chief organizer of the yearly “Future Awards”.
- Timi Dakolo
Born on January 20, 1981, Dakolo in 2011 released the song “There’s a Cry”. The music video was filmed in Nigeria. He is currently signed with Lone Records/Now Muzik. He is one of the Judges on The Voice Nigeria who is believed to have contributed a lot to the Nigerian Music Scene.
Tyrone “Tye” Tribbett (born January 26, 1976) is an American gospel music singer, songwriter, keyboardist, choir director and founder of the Grammy-nominated and Stellar-Award winning gospel group Tye Tribbett & G.A. A role model to many singers is worthy to be on this list.
- Paul Adefarasin
Paul Adefarasin is a Christian minister, author and televangelist. Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock churches headquartered in Lagos born in 1963 also hosts the annual Lagos gospel music concert, The Experience, which many Nigerians look up to every year. In 2016, he advocated that more Christians to join politics.
- Nosa Omoregie
Nosa Omoregie, professionally known as Nosa, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter and performer. An award winning act whose one of his songs, “Always Pray for You”, despite being released back in 2016 remains fresh on people’s lip. His hit song is being sang by most Nigerian graduates as they are leaving school.
Spaghetti Records artiste, Monique is well known for leading praises to God. Her song of prayer and worship titled “Power Flow”, Produced by PV Idemudia, mixed and mastered by Mr Daz, is indeed a power-packed one and has kept blessing lives. In 2016, her music video hit 1 million on youtube.
- Steve Crown
Abuja based Steve Crown Okolo, born into a family of six hails from Benue state. Crown who portrayed interest in music at the age of four is an established household name in Nigerian gospel music scene. His hit track, “You are great’’ has become an anthem in many churches in Nigeria and neighboring countries.
- Pastor Kumuyi
William Folorunso Kumuyi born on 6 June 1941, is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Nigeria. . He is the author of several books. Daddy Kumuyi as he is popularly called preaches absolute holiness and leads thousands to Christ. He completed the 4th largest church in the world which is in Lagos.
- Steve Curry
Wardell Stephen Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Curry is a Christian basketball player who seeks God first and is not distracted by his career. This year 2016, he stood against a big brand not putting a bible verse on his boot.
- Travis Greene
Travis Montorius Greene (born January 17, 1984) is an American gospel musician. He began his music career in 2007 with the release of The More via Greene light Records. His music has charted on the Billboard magazine Top Gospel Albums and the Top Gospel Songs charts. He is a passionate singer whose songs motivate and uplift many lives. He sang a hit song this 2016 that is being sung in my churches titled “Its Intentional”.
- Tope Alabi
Tope Alabi, is a Nigerian gospel singer. Better known for gospel Yoruba songs, she ministers in many conferences and has albums to her credit. Known for the following hit tracks: Iwe Eri, Agbara Re ni, Angeli mi among others, Her songs are popular among Nigerian Churches.
- Oby Ezekwuezili
Obiageli Ezekwesili is a Nigerian chartered accountant. She was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. She served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo . She has served in other great international institutions. Ezekwesili is a Christian and leaves no stone unturned while doing the right thing always. She was focused on political advocacy.
Jephthah Bowoto, popularly known and referred to as Akpororo, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian, vocalist and actor. His style of comedy is basically the fusion of circular and church-related jokes. He is a Christian and his jokes make people laugh away their sorrows.
- Pastor Lazarus Muoka
Pastor Muoka is the founder and General Overseer of The Lords’ Chosen Ministries popularly known as ‘Chosen’. He preaches holiness and lead many to Christ. His ministry like those of other notable Nigerian pastors, is characterized by live miraculous manifestations.
- Mike Bamiloye:
Evang Mike Bamiloye, a Nigerian film actor, dramatist, producer and director is the founder and president of Mount Zion Drama Ministry. Mount Zion Films is Nigerian number one Christian movie brand. The films do not only entertain, but also builds Christians’ faith in Christ. He launched his Movie Tv in 2016.
- Chukie Edozien
Born November 24, Chukie Edozien better known by his stage name Lynxxx, is a Nigerian hip-hop artist and entrepreneur. He is the originator of Jollof Musik – a genre he describes as “an artful blend of music to create great music.” A few months ago, lynxxx took over the news and social media after he declared himself “born again” and his life since then, has taken a new turn.
- Majid Micheal:
Michael is a Ghanaian actor. He received nominations for Best Actor in a leading Role at the African Movie Academy Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He eventually won the award in 2012 after three previous consecutive nominations. On May 30 2016 he share a post that he has found God after believing for a long time that is he doesn’t exist. Ever since then, he’s been a blessing in his role of acting.
- David Oyelowo
Born on April 1, 1976, Oyelowo is a British Nigerian actor and producer born in England. He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Lincoln (2012) among others. A Christian who makes God a priority is passionate about acting.
- Ibukun Awoshika:
She is a Nigerian business magnate, author and motivational speaker. She currently serves as Chairman of First bank of Nigeria. Ibukun is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, member of the board of Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Women in Management, Business and Public Service. She is a child of God and does her work with the fear of God. She had many speaking engagement this year.
- Pastor Olutola Gabriel
Gabriel Oladele Olutola is a Nigerian-born author, pastor and motivational speaker. He is the President of The Apostolic Church Nigeria and Chairman, Lagos, Western and Northern Areas (LAWNA). He also serves as the Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University. No doubts, he contributes to the body of Christ and humanity. He used to be Bishop Oyedepo’s primary school teacher.
- Oluremi Tinubu:
Born September 21, 1960, Mrs. Tinubu is the former first Lady, and currently a Senator of, Lagos State. She is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She is God-fearing and contributes to humanity in all ways.
- Folorunsho Alakija:
She is the group managing director of The Rose of Sharon Group which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited and the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited. She is listed as the second most powerful woman in Africa after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the 87th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
- Mosunmola Abudu
She is a Nigerian talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. She has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman. Her contribution to humanity and outstanding Christian virtues add her on our list.
- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome:
He is a Nigeria Christian minister who is the founding president of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, a Bible-based Nigerian Church. Oyakhilome has been described by many as a man with the word. He is a seasoned bible teacher whom many Christians in the world submit under his ministry.
- Jimi Tewe
Jimi Tewe is a Christian speaker, career specialist, and a nation builder. He has been able to coach, mentor and inspire many working professionals and business owners towards following their best fit paths and success. He recognizes God as the source of his knowledge and therefore imparts his world positively.
- Temitope Odebiyi
Popularly called Topsticks, Odebiyi is a professional female drummer, music coach, solo performer and lecturer who has been written or talked about by many media. She is a drummer at The Breath of Life Ministries, a popular Nigerian Church and also a pastor in same Church. She touches her world with her drums and strives to drive many to Christ.
- Chingtok Ibrahim
Pastor Ibrahim is the presiding pastor at God-life Assembly. He studied Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University. A preacher of the word has been contributing positively to his world.
- Tara Durotoye
She is a Nigerian Make-up artist and a lawyer. Tara has been involved in laudable projects among which she pioneered the 2014 Make up in Nigeria Conference (MINC) among great contributions to her world.
- Strive Masiyiwa
Strive Masiyiwa born 29 January, 1961 is a London-based Christian Zimbabwean businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of diversified international telecommunications group Econet Wireless. He supports over 40,000 orphans with educational initiatives, as well as sponsoring students at universities in America.
- Praise Fowowe
He is the principal Consultant at Center for Sex Education and Family Life. He was the Former Principal Consultant at PRAISE FOWOWE INTERNATIONAL. Fowowe who studied Accounting at University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria has been helpful in his world in the area of sex education, and relationship related enlightenment at various capacity.
- Lanre Olusola
The Catalyst, Lanre Olusola, is recognized as one of Africa’s Premier Life, Mind, Emotions and Behavioral Change Coaches who works with individuals and organizations to transition from where they are to where they desire to be. Having worked extensively in Nigeria, across Africa and other parts of the world in various capacities with leading organizations, Lanre uses platforms such as; Social media, TV, Radio, Seminars, Workshops and more to get his life changing messages to as many people as possible.
58. Lora Idahosa
Rev. Mrs. Laurie Whetstone- Idahosa was born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA in a Pastors home. She is married to Bishop F.E. Benson Idahosa. Along with her husband, she founded “Big Ben Children’s Hospital” Benin City in 2008 and in 2013. Most recently, she has spearheaded the campaign to raise relief materials and funds for the support of Internally Displaced Children.
- Nathaniel BASSEY
Born in LAGOS State, Nathaniel Bassey is a leading music icon. He was inspired when he saw Dr. Panam Percy Paul minister in a concert. His passion for music has grown and translated into various musical experiences. His songs, “Someone at the door”, “Onise Iyanu’’ among others inspire and connect many to God
- Adekunle Gold
Adekunle Kosoko, popularly known by his stage name Adekunle Gold, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and graphic designer. He describes his genre of music as urban highlife. He is currently signed to YBNL Nation. His songs Sade” (2014), “Orente” (2015), “Pick Up” (2015) among others are popular among Nigerians. He doesn’t shy from talking about his Faith. The first track in his album, was about how God gave him his name Gold, through revelation.
- Bukky Shonibare
Bukky Shonibare is the Group CEO of a Human Resource firm, “The 555 Group” owners of 555 Consulting Limited, and also a Training partner with the International Finance Corporation (member of the World Bank group) on the SME Toolkit among other core positions. She assists in providing educational assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and out-of-school children in host communities in the North East of Nigeria
- Funke Adejumo
Funke Felix Adejumo is the president of Funke Felix Adejumo Foundation, dedicated to making worldwide impact with a special call to restoring dignity to womanhood and equipping women from all over the world. She is an accomplished pastor and teacher with deep insight into God’s word whose unique unction and utterance has endowed her to the hearts of millions of people.
- Patience Ozokwor
Patience Ozokwor , born March 25, 1958, is a Nigerian actress who won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Ozokwor believes her acting is to minister to different souls especially the jealousy, hatred, and wicked sets of people. She is currently firebrand and a light for Christ.
- TD Jakes
Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr., born June 9, 1957, is an African-American pastor, author and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter’s House, a Non-denominational American megachurch. T. D. Jakes’ church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter’s Touch, and reaches people all over the world.
- Chioma Jesus
Evangelist Amaka Okwuoha better known as Chioma Jesus, began her singing career in the Scripture Union Fellowship about 16 years ago. She is one of the true ambassadors of proper Nigerian gospel music. Her music and lyrics are not only well known in this country but in many African states as well. She is a popular minister at Africa’s biggest Music Concert, “The Experience”
- Dr. D.k. Olukoya
Daniel Olukoya was born in Akure, Ondo State . A University of Reading Doctorate degree in molecular genetics holder established Mountain of Fire and Miracles in 1989 and ever since then, the Ministry has been a mountain of deliverance and solace to souls.
- Archbishop Cynthia Joseph
Born on May 10, 1986, Archbishop Cynthia Joseph Ordained as an archbishop on November 26, 2016 at the National Holy Ghost Church of Christ based in Nigeria, is currently the youngest archbishop in Nigeria, who is shaping her world for good.
- Pastor Mike Okonkwo
Bishop of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission. TREM, based in Lagos, is another leader no Christian would forget in a hurry when it comes to preaching prosperity and prayers for deliverance.
- T. B Joshua
Millions of faithfuls from all over the world flock to Prophet T.B Joshua’s Signagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) for his famous prophecies and life-altering interventions. Millions more follow his teachings from the safe spaces of their home televisions and also online where his YouTube Channel presently boasts over 400, 000 subscriptions.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie is a Nigerian writer read all over the world. The 39 year old mother of one has won numerous book awards. She is a feminist whom many writers all the world look up to.
- Olutola Omoniyi
Tola, as he is fondly called is referred to as the spice on the Mic is the host of the Official breakfast show of Praise World Radio and heads the Praise world team.
Tola has been very effective in his work as millions of Nigeria follow his broadcast.
Bayegun Oluwatoyin popularly KNOWN AS Woli Arole is one of the comedians on the rise in this part of the world. He connects and touches lives with his brand comedy which is usually in a prophetic disguise.
- Joshua Selma
Apostle Selman creates a hunger for God in everyone that comes under his ministration. Every year young people gather in an atmosphere of worship to yield themselves over to God.
- Rev. Olusola Ayodele Areogun
He is the Founder of Life Oasis International Churches. His Radio/TV Programmes, Living By Answer is aired across Nigeria. He is the author of the powerful book, ‘Spirit Meat” which is distributed freely.
75. Japheth Omojuwa
J.J Omojuwa is a Nigerian blogger, public speaker, socio-economic and political commentator and social media expert with a huge online following. Omojuwa has graced economic, civil society and media development panels across several continents. In the course of his work, he has graced speaking platforms from Washington to London, Addis Ababa to Lagos, Accra, Cape Town, Abuja, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, New York, Cologne, Dakar amongst other cities around the world and across Nigeria. He became a brand ambassador of one of the big brands in Nigeria in 2016.
- Lara George
Regarded as one of the classiest Nigerian Gospel artistes, this multi-talented singer, producer and music director has a spell-binding and captivating voice. When you hear, “ Dansaki” “Ijoba Orun” among other great songs, then Lara comes to fore as she is a source of inspiration and joy to millions.
- Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan Abah Ochogwu, singer of “Yahweh If not for you”, is a talented Gospel singer, songwriter, composer, and performer. The Benue State born singer’s songs are f filled with the divine presence of God, with great lyrical depth and inspiration and a great message of hope for our generation.
- Joe Praise
Joe Praize, singer and song writer, belongs to the Christ Embassy Love World. Born Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, the acclaimed Gospel music minister who hails from Edo State released his debut album, ‘My Praise’. He is a household name in gospel music.
- Peter Obi
Peter Obi has helped to direct much-needed attention to the perils of government waste, an expensive habit that continues to eat away at the economic fabric. And he’s walked his talk. Anambra state is one of only a handful of states that has not owed salaries since the economic downturn began. Anambra is presently in a position to provide generous economic stimulus packages only because of Peter Obi’s foresight and financial prudence while in office as governor.
- Cardinal Anthony Okogie
His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie at 80 years of age may be settled into retirement but he has certainly not lost his voice, nor the importance of his calling, as he continues his fight for good governance, equality and speaking truth to power at every turn.
AY Makun is presently Nigeria’s funniest man. From AY Live to The AY Show, AY’s Crib to AY’s Open Mic, the span of products his Corporate World Entertainment has been able to help lives. Makun is an influential Nigerian.
- Bibi Bakare Yusuf
An accomplished scholar, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf has through Cassava Republic press contributed to getting the nation reading. Cassava Republic which recently turned ten opened an office in London and published the Nigerian issues of hotly anticipated titles by Toni Kan, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Leye Adenle. The romance imprint Ankara is also pushing stories by upcoming writers.
- Toke Makinwa
It has been a whirlwind year for Toke Makinwa, On Air Personality, television host, vlogger and tabloid magnet. In between covering every major magazine on newsstands, Makiwa made herself some lemonades by capitalizing on the collapse of her high-profile marriage to Maje Ayida to write a sensational memoir which she bills as a “must tell.” Makinwa proved herself the Queen of the internet when she opened the floodgates of think pieces, reviews and free publicity that came after.
- Sam Omatseye
Omatseye is a journalist and chairman of the editorial board of The Nation newspaper, one of Nigeria’s respected national dailies. He has practiced journalism both within and outside the country. Also, a published author of works of fiction, Sam Omatseye’s weekly In Touch column in The Nation is required reading for students and practitioners of journalism. Taking some poetic license to convincingly advance his argument, Omatseye’s pen remains as sharp as his mind.
- Seun Onigbinde
Seun Onigbinde is so powerful, Bill Gates knows his name, and shady government officials know to fear him. He fights for institutionalized transparency in government processes through BudgIT, a Co-Creation Hub-incubated organization. BudgIT was instrumental in blowing the lid off the budget padding mess that tainted the Buhari led federal government and has consistently led the charge for an open national assembly in terms of finances and budgeting.
- Segun Agbaje
The Guaranty Trust Bank boss has taken to the task of building the brand into a premier national institution and under his watch, GTBank has enjoyed some of its most profitable years. Agbaje’s GTB is the undisputed market leader in game-changers like online banking, SMS banking, and mobile apps. He has also invested in entrepreneurs via the SME Market Hub, the GTB Food & Drink Fair and the GTB Fashion Weekend.
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
After her second stint as finance minister came to an end, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala did not go quietly into the good night. A world renowned global thinker and economic development expert, Okonjo-Iweala was appointed a member of the international advisory panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). She combines this with her roles as a senior adviser at Lazard and Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
- Kirk Dewayne Franklin
Born January 26, 1970, is an American gospel musician, choir director, and author. He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God’s Property and One Nation Crew (1NC), and has won multiple awards, including eight Grammy Awards.
- Donald James “Don” Moen(born June 29, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter, pastor, and producer of Christian worship. Moen is a prolific songwriter, having worked with Claire Cloninger, Paul Overstreet, Martin J. Nystrom, Randy Rothwell, Ron Kenoly, among others. He ministers across the globe especially in Nigeria. He was in Nigeria several time in 2016 and collaborated with Frank Edwards on a song.
- Pastor Tunde Bakare:
Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Ogba, Lagos is in a class of his own when it comes to political predictions. Bakare’s predictions have been helpful to his country in some ways.
- Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo:
Founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, London is one of them. He has penetrated nearly every home in
Nigeria through televangelism. Guided by the motto, “Raising champions and taking territories,” Ashimolowo has continued to inspire many lost souls with his sound knowledge of the scriptures.
- Gabriel Eziashi
He is a prolific songwriter and a dynamic singer with phenomenal voice range. Eziashi’s drive and fervor for the art of worshp has made him one of the most compelling voices to emerge from the UK Gospel Scene. His touching song, “Aka ya” has become an anthem in many Churches.
- Gozie Okeke
He is very popular not just in the East but in other parts of the country. His album “Akanchanwa” sold millions of copies and made him and his wife Njideka, a household name. Gozie has been soaring, He keeps making it to the tops in Christian lists.
- Damilola bamiloye
Damilola, son to Mount Zion Film Producer, Mike Bamiloye, graduated from Bowen university years ago and he says his father is his mentor and role model. He is into movie production – the likes of ‘Fiwajomi’, ‘Dying with the king’, ‘youthful lust’ etc. He started as a script writer but he has added another cap to his job title – he now oversees and produces movies too which builds Christian fate. He directed and acted in hit movie this year.
- Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Archbishop of Lagos (Nigeria), was born in Lagos on 16 June 1936. Okogie who has been involved in many Catholic related activities helpful for his world, was ordained, December 11, 1966, Lagos, by Archbishop John Kwao Amuzu Aggey of Lagos.
- Chioma Ifeanyi Obianinwa
Chioma is an award-winning international broadcaster.She is also a model, a motivational speaker and a ‘Sought after’ Master of ceremonies. She was awarded newscaster of the year 2013 by the Prestigious Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA). She is a Christian and also an author.
- Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor,
Known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Nigeria. He became the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on February 7, 2005, a position he held for five years. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Ministries was the first to launch a Miracle crusade (Lagos Miracle Crusade) from Africa to world audience.
- Natasha Tameika “Tasha” Cobbs
Born July 7, 1981, Tasha Cobbs is an American urban contemporary gospel musician. Her singles “Break Every Chain” and “For Your Glory” among others also reached No. 1 on the Hot Gospel Songs charts. Her songs set the pace for worship and deliverance in most churches across the globe. She ministers with so much power and anointing blessing millions of souls.
- Efe Richards
She is a graduate of mass communication from Delta state University. She loves God passionately and she’s devoted to worshipping Him for the rest of the days of her life. She intends to reach and bless the world with her music. Efe debuts with a single, titled NOBODY which talks about holiness and matchlessness.
- Bukunmi Adelani
Adelani is Nigerian Artiste, Comedian, Actor, Producer and Entrepreneur. Bukunmi Adelani popularly known as Bukunmi preacher is an embodiment of Christ who’s leading many to their maker. 2016 was a year of taking territories for him. He grew more in his career.