Prominent Nigerian music superstars David Adeleke, also known as Davido, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema and ace comedian AY Makun have been listed among the ‘100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa’.
It was gathered that the stars were named in the ‘Peacebuilding row call’ at the unveiling news conference by the organizers on Friday in Abuja.
Other Nigerians who made the list are the following, Former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo; Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adeshina.
The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III; Cardinal John Oniyekan; Bishop Matthew Hassan-Kukah and renowned tele-evangelist, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, among others.
Amb. Kinsley Amafibe, Project Director, Africa, for the 100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa, congratulated the artistes and other Nigerians who made the highly coveted ‘peace list’.
He said those who made the list were painstakingly selected for their consistent commitment to humanitarian initiatives, positive influence on communities and youth empowerment, among other criteria.
“It is with immense excitement that we announce the revelation of the esteemed list titled “100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa.”
“This initiative stands as a testament to our commitment to acknowledging and applauding the remarkable individuals and collectives that have played key roles in nurturing peace, harmony, and positive change on the African continent,” he said.
He added, “The profiles and accomplishments of these icons are showcased on our official website, www.100 most notable.org, a digital monument honoring their contributions across Africa and beyond.”
According to NAN, other recipients of the recognition across the continent include Rwanda President, Paul Kagame; Kenyan President, William Ruto; South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa and Joyce Hilda Banda, First Female President in Malawi.
Ex-Cameroonian football star Samuel Eto’o Fils, veteran Ghanaian actor John Dumelo, American-born Senegalese singer Akon , the first lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos are also listed among the peace icons.
Amafibe said the “100 Most Notable Peace Icons in Africa” initiative stands as a celebration of hope, unity and advancement for the continent.