Tomi Adeyemi Makes TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List

by Yinka Akanbi

Nigerian-American novelist, Tomi Adeyemi, has made it onto TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

The list which was released on Tuesday is a compilation of 100 people from different walks of life who are making an impact on business, art, sport, music and more across the world.

The 27-year-old author became famous for her debut fantasy novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’. The novel which fuses Nigerian mythology with the modern world became New York Times Bestselling novel in 2018.

Adeyemi’s tribute written by ‘Star Wars’ actor, John Boyega, traces the uniqueness of her writing and how it has created a path for Black generations.

“Tomi is the god of ideas. She’s inspiring a lot of young people to write. She creates the very world that we as actors get to play in. And the big-screen adaptation will hire a lot of people and bring more representation to our industry – all that comes directly from Tomi’s imagination. She is going to be very powerful when it comes to bringing stories and ideas to the forefront.

“I would absolutely drop everything to be in the film. If I missed the opportunity to be a part of it, it would be like missing history,” the tribute partly read.

Alongside Adeyemi, other personalities of African descent who made the list include: Nigerian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu; Gambian lawyer and politician, Abubacarr Tambadou; Congolese microbiologist, Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum; and Cardiologist and chair of Rotary International’s polio eradication program in Nigeria, Tunji Funsho.

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