Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Time Magazine Releases List of Top 100 Most Influential People in the World

President Goodluck Jonathan, President Barack Obama, Adele, Rihanna, Chelsea Handler, Hilary Clinton and Messi among others made the list.

For the full list, check here.

The list features 54 international figures from 37 countries. It has 38 women on it, the highest ever recorded. Time magazine normally asks well-known figures to write the entries for the new list of influential people and that of GEJ was written by President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia. Here is what she wrote about him:

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan exemplifies the African political renaissance at a time when the people of the continent are starting to reap the fruit of their resources and their hard work. President Jonathan, 54, possesses the qualities needed at this moment of great challenges, having come to power at a crucial moment in the history of Nigeria. The country has grown out of its past of corruption, mismanagement and brutality, but the foundation of good governance is still fragile.
In two short years, President Jonathan has shown the same dexterity he demonstrated as governor of Bayelsa, the same ability to find the remedies to the many complexities of running a nascent democracy. He has spearheaded the fight against corruption and turned Nigeria into an example of good governance. He has also made a significant impact on consolidating peace and security in West Africa. From the onset of our own crisis, Liberia has benefitted from the support of Nigeria. President Jonathan not only upheld the trend but added to it. With leaders like President Jonathan, Africa is sure to move toward prosperity, freedom and dignity for all of its people.

That of Lionel Messi was written by Mia Hamm, a two time FIFA world player of the year. See what was written about him here:

A month ago, in the midst of his scoring a record five Champions League goals in one game, Lionel Messi chipped the ball over the keeper from inside 12 [yards]. I don't think people realize how hard that is to do. It would be impossible for me. I would probably end up with my foot stuck in the turf, and the ball would end up who knows where. Messi, 24, is unbelievably talented and incredibly humble. He makes you hold your breath every time he touches the ball. It never seems to leave his feet. His love of the game and the pride he feels while playing for Barcelona and Argentina are palpable. Then you meet him, and you are reminded that he is only 5 ft. 7 in. (170 cm). He was a bit shy — some of that can be attributed to the language barrier — but I was able to watch their training, and it was clear he was an incredible teammate. He was simply one of the guys — no better, no worse than anyone else on the team — and you can tell he respects his teammates and loves the training environment. He certainly has the potential to be remembered as the best player of all time, and I am so grateful for his approach to the game in this day and age. Clearly he plays because he loves it, and it shows every time he takes the field.

For more information, visit Times.

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