Veteran Nigerian singer and songwriter,Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2baba and FCT Minister Nyesom Wike and have been named among Africa’s ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), they were named alongside other Africans in the list released by the organizer on its website on Wednesday.
Former SGF Boss Mustapha, Tony Elumelu, Mohammed Abdullahi, Alhaji Imaan Ibrahim, Femi Otedola, Dr Stephen Akintayo, Farouk Khailann, and Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, were also on the list.
Pastor Jerry Eze is a well-known clergyman, as are Dr. Daniel Moses, Mohammed Dewji, Mesfin Tasew Bekele, AIGP Aishatu Baju, Gabriel Aduda, Tein Jack-Rich, and Tosin Eniolorunda. Dr. Oluwatosin Olatujoye and Nollywood actress Rita Dominic were also named.
Amb. Kinsley Amafibe, Project Director, Africa, congratulated all Nigerians who made the list for the ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa’.
He defines peace icons as Africans from various backgrounds who have used their talents, positions, and resources to build and promote peace across the continent.
He stated that the list was not exhaustive and that other Africans who have contributed to peace-building across the continent would be identified and honoured in future editions of the peace-building roll call.
The 100 most notable peace icons in Africa come from diverse backgrounds and have different life experiences, but they all share a deep commitment to peace and non-violence.
They have shown us that peace is achievable and that each person can make a difference in building a better world.
Through their leadership, activism, and humanitarian work, they have inspired millions of people around the world to join their movement and work towards a more just and peaceful future.
Over the last three decades, our society has been tethering at the brink of global conflict and the pursuit of peace has given rise to some of the most remarkable individuals of our time, he said.
He added that those who made the list have dedicated their lives to promoting peace and justice in their communities, countries, and the world.
As we honour these remarkable individuals, we are reminded of the importance of their work and the impact it has had on the world.
We hope that their example will continue to inspire individuals and organisations around the world to work towards a more peaceful and just world for all, he said.
NAN reports that other recipients across the continent included human rights activist and African Affairs commentator P.L Olumba, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Seyi Vodi, Hajiya Salamatu Muktah Josephine Nwaeze, Ayo Animashaun and Prof Stevens Azaiki.