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David Adjaye, Biram Dah Abeid, Viola Davis and More Honored In TIME's '100 Most Influential People' Issue

TIME revealed its '100 Most Influential People' of 2017 list, which features an eclectic group of global influencers.

TIME Magazine's 14th annual "100 Most Influential People" issue is here.


The list was revealed earlier today with 5 separate covers, featuring Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, John Legend, Melinda Gates, Riz Ahmed and Jeff Bezos.

As usual, the list includes an eclectic group of global influencers ranging from politicians to artists, athletes, musicians and more.

The group includes some of our favorite people such as the Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye, who designed The National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as Mauritanian politician and abolitionist leader, Biram Dah Abeid. Gambian lawyer and chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, is also featured.

A number of game-changing black film directors such as Barry Jenkins, Ava Duvernay and Jordan Peele are also on this year's list.

The list also includes some folks that we're less fond of, but who have, nonetheless, been influential in the past year. Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are amongst the more controversial figures in the group.

“In divisive times, it’s tempting to nestle in a comfort zone, surrounded by people who look like us, think like us, pray like us, vote like us,” writes  Nancy Gibbs, TIME's editor and Chief. "Yet many of the men and women on this year’s list are calling us out, using the technologies that connect us to expand how we see the world.”

You can check out the full list of honorees via the magazine's website.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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