For twelve years, Powerlist has celebrated Britain’s most influential men and women of African and Carribean Heritage who are changing lives and making a difference in their environment and different sectors of society.
The 2018 list which has been unveiled holds not less than 27 people of Nigerian descent were included among the most influential and powerful black Britons.
The 12-year-old Powerlist is chosen from a list of nominees by a distinguished panel, chaired by a former high court judge, that includes a Queen’s Counsel and leading professionals in business and the arts. Each year, the panel is reminded that ‘influence’ of the nominees is defined as “the ability to positively alter events and change lives as over a protracted period of time”.
Amongst them, our very own ‘Oprah’, Mo Abudu, the chief executive officer of Ebonylife TV, actor John Boyega, and boxing champion Anthony Joshua alongside The Duchess of SusS3x, Meghan Markle, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, and many other noteworthy people.
Topping the Powerlist is Ric Lewis, chief executive and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, the largest black majority-owned private company in Britain, with total assets under management in excess of €10 billion (N4.7 trillion). His charity, the Black Heart Foundation, provides educational scholarships to young people in need in the UK and Abroad.
Words by Adaeze Oguzie.