Ethiopia Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has been named of the Financial Times Top 50 people of the decade list.
The Financial Times Newspaper said the list was drafted and released to honor the top 50 people who shaped the world for the better in the last decade.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the only African named on the list.
A panel of FT reporters finalized the list of individuals across politics, economics, business and technology, and culture, media, science, and sport.
FT described the list as: "The game-changing politicians, influential businesspeople, record-breaking sports stars and brave activists…"
Abiy was listed under politics along with others like Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey President) Donald Trump (US president), Xi Jingping (Chinese president), Barack Obama (Ex-US president) and Angela Merkel (German Chancellor).
This recognition comes after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace 2019.
Critics have said the recognition further reflects the dedication of the prime minister in fostering peace, not just in Ethiopia but in the entire East African region.
What did the Financial Times say about the list?
The second decade of the 21st century began with austerity measures to deal with the downturn caused by the global financial crisis and ended with populist governments and illiberal regimes throughout the world.
The FT's 50 People of the Decade reflect these developments, with game-changing politicians and influential executives from banking and industry. The explosion in and dominance of computers and smartphones in every aspect of our lives is evident in the number of technology figures.
And in a decade where individuals showed themselves to be capable of wrenching power from long-established institutions, those who have made advancements in science broke new sporting records, protested bravely against persecution and called out institutional harassment could not be overlooked.
About Abiy Ahmed
Abiy Ahmed Ali is an Ethiopian politician serving as the fourth prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since 2 April 2018. He is chairman of both the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and the Oromo Democratic Party, which is one of the four coalition parties of the EPRDF. Wikipedia
About Financial Times
The Financial Times is an English-language international daily newspaper owned by Japanese company Nikkei, Inc., headquartered in London, with a special emphasis on business and economic news. Wikipedia
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