Every year, I review the outgoing/outgone year and pick out the ten most influential people in my life for the year. It’s taken me too long this year (I usually do this on the last day of the year) but here it is, at last. Please bear with me.


I started this trend in 2005 and it has become something of a tradition. Most times, I don’t get up to ten people and I believe it is better that way – few but truly wonderful people rather than plenty list-fillers.

This Year

I must appreciate Titilayo Obajolowo specially, somehow she didn’t make it to this year’s list. Chinenye and Taiwo are here again. Apart from that, everyone else is probably new on this list.

This year, it was so difficult picking the top ten most influential and supportive people in my life because many people played their part in making me who I am today. Everyone who is on this page have been there for me, times without number, in ways I can’t explain. Thank you for all you do, I really appreciate it, more than you know.

It was a great year, did more travelling than I had done in years. More of my dreams came to life. Two startups, in two different sectors – technology & real estate.

I will be recognizing unique groups of people but they are not part of the official list of ten but also played a part – the RED family (awesome people), Triple Trouble – Tola, Titi & Torera. George & Tomiwa – UNILAG Gist. Patrick, Durotimi – Spry Projects.

I know I am not perfect and I appreciate your love, care, concern, corrections and chastisements. It’s all in a bid to make me a better person and I thank you all for it.

Now the list proper…

The List, as usual, is in no particular order & it is purposely done that way. So here goes:

  • Chinenyenwa Nwachukwu
  • Oluwatobiloba Soyombo
  • Ifechukwude Jideonwo
  • Christopher Ifeanyi Aniemeka
  • Adebayo Olugbile
  • Olaiwola Bolaji
  • Taiwo Akinseye
  • Anosime Imhoitsike
  • Kunle Fadiora
  • Afolabi Legunsen
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