[Fortune List]–Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named one of the greatest world leaders by Fortune magazine, an honour which puts her in the company of former US Vice President Joe Biden, Pope Francis, Lebron James and others.
The list, released on Thursday, features 50 personalities in diverse fields including religion, feminism, business, politics, philanthropy and sports.
Coming in at number 42, Adichie was recognised for her efforts in “challenging her audiences to think differently and more expansively about Africa, identity, race, and gender. Many in the English-speaking world have embraced the invitation, and she has emerged as a feminist icon—she tells girls to get over being liked—and a fearless political and cultural critic.”
Occupying the top ten spots are Theo Epstein, Jack Ma, Pope Francis, Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ava Duvernay, HR McMaster, Tsai Ing-Wen, John McCain and Angela Merkel.
An interesting omission from the list is that of American president Donald Trump.
The reason is based on the fact that the list is compiled according to many factors which include a considerable amount of public affection and Trump’s increasingly low approval ratings are not exactly great for such factor.
The list was compiled following nominations from a host of experts of industry such as Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co.; Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts; Jean Case, Case Foundation; Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global; Walter Isaacson, The Aspen Institute; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization; Thomas Kolditz, Doerr Institute; Rice University, Michael Porter, Harvard Business School; Joey Reiman, BrightHouse; Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation; Michael Schlein, Accion International; Dov Seidman, LRN; Rick Wartzman, Drucker Institute; and the Fortune staff.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg