Barely a month after his investiture with the Global and African Central Banker of 2011 awards by The Banker Magazine, the influential Time Magazine yesterday followed suit, listing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, among ‘The 2011 TIME 100.’ Time Magazine said on its website yesterday that The Time 100 list, now in its eighth year, sets out to recognise the innovation, activism and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. “The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world; it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it is a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, thinkers, philosophers, leaders, icons, artists and visionaries; people who are using their ideas, their visions and their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people”, explained the TIME Managing Editor, Richard Stengel.
The New York-based magazine, in the May 2 edition, published Mr Sanusi’s name in the 11th position, along with great political leaders as the United States President, Barak Obama, and wife, Michelle; United States Vice President, Joe Biden current first female Chancellor of Germany and Christian Democratic Union leader, Angela Merkel; French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister, David Cameron as well as wife of the former U.S President and American secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Others listed in by the publication include: Nobel laureate and professor of economics at the Columbia University, Joseph Stiglitz; WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and Wael Ghonim, the young Google marketing executive who became one of the heroes of recent anti-Mubarak street movement that led to the ouster of the Egyptian leader as well as one of the world’s richest Internet entrepreneurs, Reed Hastings.
Achievement well deserved
Mr Sanusi is one of the only two Africans to have made the current list. The other is a Senegalese and President of a non-governmental organisation, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), that champions the cause of women in Africa.
In his reaction to the development, Managing Director, Global Markets, Ifeanyi Bede said: “The recognition is well deserved as he has distinguished himself as the astute, conscientious and courageous leader of the Central Bank of Africa’s most populous nation, at a time when the sector required tough and decisive intervention. His vision and actions earned him the reputation as one of the most respected and authoritative voices on financial and economic matters on the continent, including a special invitation in November 2010 by the US Congressional Sub-Committee on International Monetary Policy and Trade, to give testimony at a congressional hearing titled The Global Financial Crisis and Financial Reforms in Nigeria,”.