The Editorial Board of BREAKING TIMES is proud to present ten global icons that shaped and impacted our world in 2014. Painstakingly selected amongst the brightest and best amongst humanity, these individuals have written their name in gold on the pages of human history. Below is the maiden #BTGlobal10 cutting across diverse sectors of human endeavour and listed in no particular order.
On 10 October 2014, Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She makes it to our maiden #BTGlobal10 list of world changers.
Born Myles Egbert Munroe in 1954 in Nassau, Bahamas, Munroe grew up poor in a family of eleven children. Munroe and his wife were killed in a private plane crash during airport approach on 9 November 2014. He is recognized here posthumously for his landmark contribution to leadership development across third world nations of the world.
Renowned public servant, administrator and economist, Oby is recognized here for her major role in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. She was instrumental to the start of the viral campaign on social media, which trended internationally.
The brain behind Nigeria’s foremost blog, Linda Ikeji Blog (LIB), Linda Ikeji is easily one of Nigeria’s most influential young people. Her blog is globally ranked as Nigeria’s 16th most visited website. She is recognized here for her determination to succeed in the face of impossible odds as witnessed when her blog was shut down by Google in October 2014 amidst allegations of plagiarism leveled against her. She has since made a big comeback!
Born 11th June 1955, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu was governor of Bauchi State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is popularly known as ‘The Game Changer’ for his role in stabilizing Africa’s biggest political party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after a period of unprecedented political crisis, which almost saw the party disintegrating between 2013 and 2014. For this rare political feat, he earns a spot on #BTGlobal10.
Ameyo Adadevoh was a Nigerian physician. Her great-grandfather, Herbert Macaulay, is one of the most celebrated founders of modern Nigeria. She is listed here for paying the supreme price to safeguard her country Nigeria from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). On 4th August 2014, it was confirmed that she tested positive for the Ebola virus strain and was being treated. Adadevoh died in the afternoon of 19 August 2014.
Andre Romelle Young (Dr. Dre)
Apple employee, rapper and producer Dr. Dre made an estimated $620 million before taxes in 2014, making him not only the top-earning musician of 2014, but also the highest paid musician in a single year in history. With Apple’s acquisition in 2014 of Dre’s Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, he is well on his way to becoming the first ever billionaire in hip-hop history.
Listed amongst Time’s 100 Most Influential Personalities of 2014, Nigeria’s Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has one of the toughest jobs in the world – ensuring the overall well-being of the Nigerian economy, which became Africa’s largest economy under her watch.
Playmaker Lionel Messi makes it to our #BTGlobal10 for his sterling performance at the 2014 World Cup, he led Argentina to the final, winning four consecutive Man of the Match awards in the process, and received the Golden Ball award as the best player of the tournament.
Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo presides over the Winners’ Chapel International (WCI) network of churches located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, as well as, in over 63 cities in 32 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2014, Oyedepo’s WCI made a landmark move to set up the Kingdom Heritage Model School for children aged four to seven in the United Kingdom. This is in continuation of Oyedepo’s vision for human development through investments in education across the globe.
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