The Time 100 Next 2021 List is officially out and it feels especially great to see African women recognized for their work. This year, Time has listed some amazing women who proved female leadership in Nigeria is possible, show us the importance of caring for the planet and more.
We are especially excited to see the Founders of Feminist Coalition – Odun Eweniyi, Damilola Odufuwa & Feyikemi ‘FK’ Abudu on the list. Congratulations to each and every person who made the list. Here’s how Time chose those listed.
Here are all the African queens who were listed and what Time said about them;
Damilola Odufuwa, Odun Eweniyi & Feyikemi ‘FK’ Abudu (Words by Suyin Haynes)
When protests calling for an end to police brutality and the disbandment of Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) erupted across the country in fall 2020, Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi, founders of the Feminist Coalition, sprang into action. Drawing on their expertise in tech, they raised donations in Bitcoin to offer protesters medical assistance, legal aid and mental-health support. Simultaneously, Feyikemi “FK” Abudu acted quickly, raising funds from both Nigeria and the diaspora to organize food and security arrangements for protesters on the ground. Abudu later joined forces with the Feminist Coalition, and the organization, comprising 13 founding members, raised more than $387,000 in two weeks
Vanessa Nakate (Words by Greta Thunberg)
A year ago, Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate joined me and three other European activists at a press conference in Davos. We were there to hold the leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum accountable for their continued lack of action on the climate crisis. At the press conference, an Associated Press photographer took a photo of all five of us—but Vanessa was cropped out of the final picture. Vanessa told the U.S. news agency: “You didn’t just erase a photo. You erased a continent.” But Vanessa refused to be cut out of the conversation.
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (words by Idris Elba)
I got to witness Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr’s energy firsthand when I met her on my first visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city, in 2019. I’m a son of the soil, and during my stay, she gave me a lot of time and a lot of information about her work and vision as the mayor of Freetown. I was taking notes because, you know, Yvonne has plans.
Yvonne is the first female mayor to lead the city in decades, elected in 2018 after more than 25 years working in the public and private sectors.
Nsé Ufot (Words by Ai-Jen Poo)
How do you face down voter suppression, threats of white-supremacist violence at the polls and massive disinformation campaigns—during a pandemic—to ensure an unprecedented number of voters show up for the most important elections of our lifetime, twice? Ask Nsé Ufot. Born in Nigeria, raised in Southwest Atlanta, Nsé is a child of the South and a true believer in the voters of Georgia.
Ijeoma Oluo (Words by Ibram X Kendi)
I still remember an event we did together in 2019. It was the second time I saw Ijeoma Oluo enthrall a crowd with an unmatched clarity and conviction, and her mix of seriousness and laugh-out-loud humor, all the while showing a deep and abiding concern for racial justice. She evoked what humanity needs to secure and defend humanity’s needs.
No wonder Oluo has emerged as one of the most admired writers and “Internet yellers” around. During the wave of demonstrations against police violence and racism in 2020, her runaway best seller, So You Want to Talk About Race, educated countless people (I read it for a second time in July).
Visit the Time Website to see the full list.