Wanuri Kahiu Featured In TIME’s Next 100 List

TIME has released its new list, the 100 Next which aims at recognizing the next 100 influential guys set to leave their mark in this world.

The list is an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world that recently celebrated 15 years since being officially launched.

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Kenyan director behind the controversial film “Rafiki”, Wanuri Kahiu, has made it to the list alongside Ugandan musician tuned presidential candidate Bobi Wine, Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Nigerian-Jamaican chef and restauranteur Kwame Onwuachi.

On social media, Wanuri celebrated the feat saying she’s honoured.

“I’m on the first #TIME100Next list! So proud! So happy! So pleased to represent,” she Tweeted.

Edward Felsenthal, the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of TIME, the list has many young faces but doesn’t have an age limit.

“The TIME 100 Next members all have grand ambitions, and they know they may face even greater setbacks. But by and large, “they are driven by hope,” said TIME executive editor Dan Macsai. “They are eager to defy the odds—and fight for a better future.”

Added Felsenthal,

“The TIME 100 Next, 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. The youngest person on this list, for example, is 14-year-old figure-skating phenom Alysa Liu, who recently became the first U.S. woman to land a quadruple Lutz in competition. The oldest is Ayman Odeh, a politician who, at 44, has emerged as a potential kingmaker in Israeli politics.”

See the 2019 TIME 100 NEXT full list: time.com/time100next

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