The editorial board of Y! (TV, Magazine & Online) is pleased to announce pro-democracy campaigner, rights activist and founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore as its pick for Person of the Year 2019.
Chosen by a consensus of YNaija’s editors, Sowore who ran in the 2019 Presidential elections as an opposition candidate emerged overall winner amongst Busola Dakolo, Segun Agbaje, Dr. Tony Rapu, Chimaroke Nnamani, Herbert Wigwe, Damini ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu, Chimamanda Adichie, Corper Stephen Teru and ‘Bosun Tijani who were all nominees for the 2019 award.
The Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year has since inception in 2011 been awarded to individuals of Nigerian origin as a way of recognizing their most visible influence and achievements through acts of social good, personal achievement or innovation with the most outsized impact on the Nigerian society in the year under review; breaking new boundaries or consolidating on gains – and driving the advancement of the public, especially young people.
Previous winners of the award include:
2011: The editors announced there was no winner.
2012: Aliko Dangote – Entrepreneur and Africa’s richest man.
2013: Jason Njoku – Tech industry trailblazer and co-founder of iROKO Partners.
2014: Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili – Former Minister of education and activist.
2015: Josephine Ugwu – the airport cleaner who found and returned the sum of N12million in cash.
2016: The Nigerian Paralympics team which has an excellent outing at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
2017: Wizkid – Entertainer and songwriter
2018: Segun ‘Segalink’ Awosanya – Activist and ENDSARS campaigner.
Pastor and social activist, Dr. Tony Rapu was on Tuesday, December 31 announced winner of the popular vote following a poll which ran for about one month.