See who won the popular vote for Y!/ Person of the Year 2016 | Overall winner to be announced on December 31

And we have a winner – at least for the popular vote!

The Y!/ voting for Person of the Year 2016 began in November, and the overall winner will be unveiled to the public by the editors on December 31.

Before that, we have tallied the popular votes – and the winner by a considerable margin on the poll is… comedian, AY Makun.

It appears Nigerians have a soft spot for the comedian-turned-filmmaker who polled 30% of the votes to his nearest competitor, Bring Back Our Girls campaigner, Bukky Shonibare, who got 20% of the votes.
Full breakdown of the votes by percentage are below:



We say well done to all the readers who voted, and all the campaigners on social media across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Y!/ Person of the Year is in its sixth year and is awarded this year to the individual who has most visibly influenced the Nigerian society for good in the past year, breaking new boundaries or consolidating on gains – and driving the advancement of the public, especially young people.

The editors announced there was no winner for its first edition in 2011. The 2012 winner was entrepreneur and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote; Jason Njoku of iRoKO was the 2013 winner while the former minister of education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, won in 2014.was named winner of the YNaija Person of the Year.

Josephine Ugwu, the airport cleaner who returned the sum of N12 million to its rightful owner, was named winner of the YNaija Person of the Year. in 2015

The highly anticipated overall winner, which will be announced after assessment by the editors of Y!/ will be made on Saturday, December 31. The popular vote will be taken into consideration but that will not be the deciding factor.

We will start publishing the profiles of nominees today until we announce the eventual winner at 10am on December 31.

Let the countdown begin!

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