The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Adefunke Ekine, Fellow, Echidna Global Scholars, Nigeria, have been named among the 100 Top Global Thinkers for 2013 by a global personality assessment organization, Lo Spazio della Politica (LSDP).
In his two tenures of administering Lagos State as a governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has distinguished himself as a man of vision who knows what is to be done and what tool to use. The article underneath testifies yet to that assertion. In the face of the many ugly developments that ensue from the country, this man does not cease to amaze one as being a Nigerian. It cements the already known argument that the fact of the existence of many bad oranges from a tree does not necessarily mean such a tree is entirely bad, in as much as there are some good oranges on the same tree,no matter how few. Such a tree needs a treatment, not an uprooting. It needs a grafting of a good stem unto the ailing stem for instance, to make for a reverse of the rotting oranges.
Governor Fashola is indeed a visibly good stem. As Nigeria nears a critical time in her political history, the time is ripe to seek out such stems as this and graft them unto our ailing system. There are so many of them out there, often shielded away from light by the blight of nepotism and self-centered, chop-make-I-chop individuals. We must at this time reject all greed, religious or ethnic affiliation and all other bias and go all out to choose the best tools for the job, no matter where those tools are coming from, what sort of clothes they wear, or what tribal marks adorn their faces.
It is time to let go of this old yeast of cutting our nose to spite our face. Our objective is to make Nigeria work. Let us collectively make the sacrifice to achieve same. Happy reading.
Fashola, Ekine Named Among LSDP Top Global Thinkers
Ekine got on the list “for her experience in teaching and directing schools in Africa; in particular for the promotion of Science among female students”.
Some of the other global personalities in the list are Pope Francis of the Vatican, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and Mayor of Warsaw, Poland, Hanna Gronkiewicz-waltz.
“Pope Francis was named as number one because he reminded the world that the Catholic Church is a Global Power while the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, 31 on its list, was named “because 2013, for better and for worse, has been the year of Abenomics”, LSDP said.
It said its list was an opportunity to identify some of the trends in global Politics, Science and other aspects of life for any particular year.
The organisation stated that the lists emphasises mostly political leaders, scientists, businessmen, academics and intellectuals even as it tries to balance the geographical representation between Europe, the United States, Africa and other continents adding, however, that the balance varies on yearly basis.
The President of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, was also listed “Because she has created a Ministry of Science and Future”.
Three women, Jenet Yellen, Elvira Nabiullina and Karnit Flug from the United States, Russia and Israel respectively, took the second position in the list “because they showed that the Central Bankers’ Club is not ‘Men Only’ anymore while Brazilian Scientist, Ruth Nussenzweig, made the third position in the list “for her research on Malaria and her will to work again with her husband in Brazil at the age of 85”.
Also included in the list are Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Albert 11 of Belgium, “for their role as Monarch innovators in Europe”, the famous Japanese Film Director, Hayao Miyazaki “because he keeps making adults and children dream even in the years of his retirement” and Bill Maris, the Managing Director of Google Ventures, United States, “Because he was the first to use a Quantitative and algorithmic approach in the field of venture capital.
Other personalities on the organization’s 2013 list include Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov “ for his diplomatic skills shown in the discussions over Syria”, Human Rights Activist, Musimbi Kanyoro of Kenya “for her career defending women’s rights which brought her to the Head of Global Fund for Women, Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, Inger Andersen, “for her work on sustainable development”, and Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard Kennedy School, Kenya, “for his Faith on new Africa-based on innovation, science and research”, among others.
Governor Fashola has, in the last seven years, received numerous awards, both local and international, as well as recognitions by prestigious global bodies for his innovative and people-oriented leadership.