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EndSARS Campaigners, FK Abudu, Odunayo Eweniyi, Dami Odufuwa Make TIME Magazine’s 2021“100 Next” Rising Stars

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Feyikemi ‘FK’ Abudu, Odunayo Eweniyi, Damilola Odufuwa, three women at the forefront of the #EndSARS protest have been named on TIME Magazine’s 2021 list of “100 Next” rising stars.

The 2021 TIME 100 Next list features 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future of entertainment, health, politics, business, and more.

According to TIME:

100 Next is a new list—part of an ongoing expansion of our flagship TIME 100 franchise—that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more. Although this focus lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally had no age cap—a recognition that ascents can begin at any age.

Amid a global pandemic, deepening inequality, systemic injustice and existential questions about truth, democracy and the planet itself, the individuals on this year’s list provide “clear-eyed hope,” as actor, composer and director Lin-Manuel Miranda puts it in his tribute to poet and TIME100 Next honoree Amanda Gorman. They are doctors and scientists fighting COVID-19, advocates pushing for equality and justice, journalists standing up for truth, and artists sharing their visions of present and future. As with Miranda and Gorman, many of the TIME100 Next profiles are written by TIME100 alumni—a testament to the ways that influence flows across generations.

Although recognizing the leaders of tomorrow lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally have no age cap, an acknowledgment that ascents can begin at any age. The youngest person on this list, for example, is 16-year-old entertainer Charli D’Amelio, who counts more than 100 million followers on TikTok. Among the eldest is 51-year-old Raphael Warnock, a Democratic Senator from Georgia.

 

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