Time drops its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world each year.
And we’re excited to see the 2018 list which includes brilliant creatives and leaders who are changing the world one way or another. Trevor Noah who’s continuously setting the bar high – is also on the 2018 list with world-renowned names like; Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, Donald Trump, Rihanna and more.
Time makes it clear that entrants are recognized for changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions. The final list of influential individuals is exclusively chosen by Time editors with nominations coming from the TIME 100 alumni and the magazine’s international writing staff.
From the list, we have picked few people we admire and think you should follow their stories right away.
After taking over The Daily Show, he has never stopped. Noah shared his story with an autobiographical comedy book ‘Born a Crime’ which was appreciated by even Bill Gates and the book is also about to become a film – which will star Lupita Nyong’o.
He recently signed a partnership with Viacom – which now has the first-look rights to any of Trevor Noah’s upcoming projects, this includes ‘Born a Crime’ film.
Issa Rae is an American actress, director and producer who created a name for herself with a YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl. But her name gained more recognition for her work on HBO’s Insecure. She scored two Golden Globe Award nominations for (Best Actress – TV Series) for her role on Insecure.
The series recently got renewed for a third season.
Insecure follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.
Ryan Coogler made his name popular after debuting ‘Fruitvale Station’ back in 2013. Since then he has put his name in the Rocky series ‘Creed’ and the recent ‘Black Panther’ which is now 3rd highest-grossing film in the U.S, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar. The film grossed over $1.29 billion globally and has hit R100 million mark at local Box Office.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and more. South African actors who are part of the film include; John Kani, Atandwa Kani and Connie Chiume.
Chadwick Boseman is no new name to the TV and Film scene. Boseman headlined the Black Panther film and will reprise the role in the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ which debuts this week in cinemas.
Chadwick Boseman was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and talked about creating the most-talked ‘Black Panther’ in his story.
Boseman touched on a number of things from the production of the film, African accent, travelling to South Africa and takes us back to his childhood days. Doing the movie with an African accent was an important factor for Boseman, he revealed to Rolling Stone that he drew inspiration from Shaka Zulu and Patrice Lumumba, Mandela speeches and Fela Kuti songs. He came down to South Africa twice for research.
Boseman first TV role was in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. He has since appeared on TV series; Law & Order, CSI:NY and Lincoln Heights to mention a few.
Abloh was recently named creative director for menswear at Louis Vuitton, taking over from Kim Jones who is now artistic director at Dior Homme.
He was massively welcomed in the fashion industry when he brought his label Off-White to the scene. He studied both civil engineering and architecture, graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002) and the Illinois Institute of Technology (2006). His step into fashion was when scored an internship at Fendi in 2009 with Kanye West.
Elon Musk is a South African-American entrepreneur. He was born in Pretoria, Transvaal. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX;
– co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.
– co-chairman of OpenAI
– founder and CEO of Neuralink
– founder of The Boring Company
those are just a few of his business ventures.
Musk was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Forbes ranked him 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People , this was in 2016. His net worth is currently estimated at $20.9 billion, Forbes lists him as 53rd richest person in the world.
Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by establishing a human colony on Mars.
Lastly, we also give shine to:
Oprah Winfrey – media mogul known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is the richest African-American and North America’s first multi-billionaire black person.
Nice Nailantei Leng’ete
Kenyan activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete also made it to the list of Time Magazine’s world’s 100 most influential people. Nailantei received the honor for her work with Maasai communities in Kenya to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
This year alone, she was named Women Deliver Young Leader, awarded the Annemarie Madison Prize. In 2016 she received 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, as well as the 2015 Inspirational Woman of the Year Award from the Kenyan Ministry of Devolution.
You can go here to see the rest of their 100 Most influential people of 2018.