About 27 British born- Nigerians, including actor John Boyega, Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of Ebonylife TV and Chris Ofili, an artist among others have been included in the 2018 UK 100 Black Powerlist, which is a list of the most influential and powerful black Britons.
The UK 100 Black Powerlist is an annual list that honours men and women of African and African-Caribbean heritage in Britain who are changing lives and making a difference in their environment and in different sectors.
UK 100 Black Powerlist is in its 12th year and it features other black entertainers including actor, Idris Elba; and actresses Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris.
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Chosen from a list of nominees by a distinguished panel chaired by a former high court judge, the list panel also includes a Queen’s counsel and leading professionals in business and the arts.
The nominees are judged based on how influential they are among their immediate sphere of expertise and how far that influence reaches into the wider world.
While commenting on the honour, Mo Abudu said:
“The Powerlist is the most authoritative recognition of black influence in the UK. Therefore, I am honoured and humbled to be included.
“It is nice to know that those of us who return home to make our contributions are not being overlooked.
“This publication is sent to schools and universities all over the UK. So I hope that my story can influence even one child to follow their dreams,” she said.
Other British- born Nigerians on the list include:
- Dr Ian Nnatu – Consultant Psychiatrist at Charing Cross Hospital, London and Medical Director at Cygnet Hospital Harrow.
- Nero Ughwujabo – Special Adviser to the Prime Minister.
- Nneka Abulokwe – IT and Governance Advisor.
- Joy Odili – Consultant plastic surgeon at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
- Dr Emeka Okaro – Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London NHS Hospitals
- Kathryn Nwajiaku – Co-director at Development Results
- Grace Ononiwu – Chief Crown Prosecutor at Crown Prosecution Service
- Tunde Ogungbesan – BBC head of diversity and inclusion
- Femi Oguns – Founder of the Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group
- David Olusoga – Historian, filmmaker and joint creative director of Uplands Television Ltd
- Dumi Oburota – Founder of Disturbing London
- 1Chuka Umunna – Labour Politician
- Ade Adepitan – TV presenter and wheelchair basketball player
- Wol Kolade – Managing partner at Livingbridge
- Tunji Akintokun – Director at Cisco leading mid-market sales and partnerships for Africa
- Bukola Adisa – MD, head of RCSA design and execution, chief controls office at Barclays
- Yinka Shonibare – Artist
- Professor Funmi Olonisakin – Vice president and vice principal international at King’s College London.
- Duro Olowu – Fashion designer.
- Richard Iferenta – KPMG partner and head of challenger banking
- Chi-Chi Nwanoku – Musician, professor and founder of Chineke! Orchestra
- Sandie Okoro – Senior vice president and general counsel at World Bank Group
- Ebele Okobi – Facebook’s director of public policy for Africa
- Chris Ofili – Artist.