Kenyan activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete has been named among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2018 by Time Magazine.
The TIME 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world put together by the American news magazine Time. Candidates are selected according to their impact on global affairs.
This year, Nice Nailantei Leng’ete was recognized for her work in raising awareness on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriages.
“Her work as a project officer with Amref Health Africa has saved an estimated 15,000 girls around Kenya from the cut, as well as from child marriage”.
“Nice is an extraordinary example of young African girls standing up for themselves. After the loss of her parents, she could have given up and followed the norm, knowing that challenging attitudes in male-dominated communities can get you cast out. But instead, she fought to get an education so she could help change the sociocultural structures that continue to impede women’s lives and well-being”. Time.com wrote in Nailantei brief profile.
Some other notable people that made the list include Nicole Kidman, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, Kevin Durant, Donald Trump, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa.