In a resounding testament to their impact, Nigerian music sensations, Davido and Rema, alongside comedic maestro AY Makun, have earned their place among the illustrious ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa’.
The curtain was lifted on this prestigious roll call during a riveting unveiling press conference held in the heart of Abuja.
As the spotlight beamed on these luminaries, they shared the stage with an esteemed array of fellow Nigerians who’ve etched their names into the pages of peace history. The roster includes the likes of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Prof Yemi Osibanjo, the revered Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and Akinwumi Adeshina, President of the African Development Bank.
The lineup doesn’t stop there. The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, and spiritual leaders Cardinal John Oniyekan, Bishop Matthew Hassan-Kukah, and tele-evangelist extraordinaire Pastor Chris Oyakhilome also claim their well-deserved spots.
Ambassador Kinsley Amafibe, the driving force behind this remarkable initiative, radiated pride as he lauded not only the entertainers but all the Nigerians whose names will now be etched in the annals of the ‘peace list’.
Amafibe emphasized that these peace icons aren’t mere figureheads; they’re vibrant Africans who have harnessed their talents, status, and resources to fortify peace across the continent. Their selections were a product of meticulous scrutiny, their resolute commitment to humanitarian causes, their positive influence on communities, and their dedication to empowering the youth.
With unbridled enthusiasm, Amafibe declared, “This unveiling marks the revelation of the exalted roster, the ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa.’ This initiative stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to recognizing and applauding extraordinary individuals and collectives who’ve been pivotal in nurturing peace, harmony, and positive transformation across the African landscape.”
He went on to state that this project was designed to amplify the echoes of these remarkable deeds, fostering a collective will to nurture a more serene and prosperous Africa.
The esteemed assembly of peace icons spans diverse realms—leaders, economists, sports personalities, religious leaders, industrialists, entertainment moguls, and traditional rulers. Boundaries and challenges have been conquered in the name of leaving indelible legacies. Each narrative is an ode to persistence and determination, encapsulating the cherished values of Africa: unity, harmony, and progress.
Profiles and achievements are enshrined on the official website, www.100mostnotable.org, a digital monument immortalizing their contributions across the continent and beyond.
Noteworthy names from other corners of the continent are also illuminated in this constellation of peace. Visionaries like Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Kenyan President William Ruto, and South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa share this honor with figures like Malawi’s first female President, Joyce Hilda-Banda, and Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto’o Fils.
In a call to arms for unity and progress, Amafibe invoked a fervent plea: “This ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa’ initiative stands as an embodiment of hope, unity, and advancement for our great continent. Let’s forge a future where peace and prosperity flourish through education, empowerment, and sustainable development.”
As the curtain rises on this monumental recognition, it beckons not just as a symbol, but as an imperative, inviting all to uphold the values exemplified by these African icons. This plaque stands as a timeless monument, a beacon guiding both present and future generations toward an Africa built upon understanding, cooperation, and shared prosperity. The legacy of these luminaries shall forever remain a wellspring of inspiration for individuals, nations, and the entire African tapestry.