Kenyan Nice Nailantei Leng’ete has been included 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 assembled by the American news magazine Time. Candidates are selected according to their impact on global affairs
This year, Ms. Nailantei has been lucky enough to make the list that includes Oprah Winfrey, Black Panther star Chadwick Bosman, US President Donald Trump, singer Rihanna, Actress Meghan Markle among others.
The 2018 Time 100 cover.
Nailantei was recognized for her work in raising awareness on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriages.
Time.com wrote in Nailantei brief profile.
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.
Nailantei was also described as 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.
Some other notable people in the list include Cardi B, Trevor Noah, Kevin Durant, Prince Harry, 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.