The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has been named by the New African, a London-based magazine, as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 in the category of Business and Finance.
In a letter signed by Mr. Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director, congratulating Dr. Kachikwu, the magazine’s publishers said that their organisation is ‘’dedicated to changing the African narrative and fighting for its interests, and hope to continue on this journey alongside people engaged in transformational roles across the continent such as your goodself’’.
According to Mr. Yedder, it has become the tradition of the publishing outfit to dedicate its annual year end edition to ‘’celebrating and reflecting on what shaped the African continent in the past year and highlighting the men and women who were change-makers and influencers in a number of sectors and industries’’. It is in accordance with that tradition that Dr. Kachikwu was spotlighted as one of the greatest influencers of the continent, last year.
Mr. Yedder, however reiterated that Africans have excelled in many of its endeavors in the year 2017, both in terms of overcoming hurdles and looking to a positive future and congratulated Dr. Kachikwu and other Africans who were honoured for their outstanding achievements in 2017.