Chimamanda Adichie, prize-winning Nigerian writer of short stories, novels and fictions, who was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2008 has been listed as one of the World leaders in The Fourth annual Fortune’s list of World’s Greatest Leaders.
Chimamanda Adichie who is known for her novels, Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah is number 42 on the list, followed by Marc Benioff, CEO and Chairman, Salesforce who was instrumental in getting Indiana to nix a law allowing businesses to discriminate against gay customers.
The Fortune’s list of World’s Greatest Leaders showcases men and women in business, government, philanthropy and the arts who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.
The feminist icon, Adichie is known to be powerful in challenging her audiences to think differently and more expansively about Africa, identity, race, and gender and has been able to inspire a lot of people.
When asked why she classifies herself as a feminist instead of just saying she believes in human rights, Chimamanda said, “Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded.”
In 2015, every 16-year-old in Sweden was given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to arms, “We Should All Be Feminists” after it was revealed that the UK was planning to drop feminism from the politics A-level.
Other people who made the list include Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, Lebron James, Amazon Boss-Jeff Bezos, Janet Yellen, bio engineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum, and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė , the “Iron Lady” who has dared to call out Vladimir Putin for his misdeeds.
Check out Fortune’s list of World’s Greatest Leaders here.