Taking Afrobeats to the world: Wizkid is Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year

The editorial board of Y! (TV and Online) is pleased to announce music superstar, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as ‘Wizkid’ as its pick for Person of the Year 2021.

Wizkid, chosen by a consensus of YNaija editors as overall winner amongst ten outstanding nominees announced by the board earlier in December; is the first honoree ever to clinch the award twice.

This year’s nominees included Dr. Akintoye Akindele [Investment], Kamaru Usman [Sports], Ayodeji ‘Wizkid’ Balogun [Entertainment], Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala [Public Service] and Mo Abudu [Entertainment]. Others are Honourable Justice Doris Okuwobi [Public Service], David ‘Davido’ Adeleke [Entertainment], D’Tigress [Sports], Abimbola Adebakin [Health], and the Nigerian Youth [Citizenship].

The YNaija Person of the Year ( Y!/YNaija.com Person of the Year) was first introduced in 2011, and has since inception been awarded to individuals of Nigerian origin as a way of recognising their most visible influence and achievements through acts of social good, personal achievement or innovation.

YNaija prioritises in its selection; citizens with the most outsized impact on the Nigerian society in the year under review – breaking new boundaries or consolidating on gains – and driving the advancement of the public, especially young people.

Previous winners of the award include:

2011: The editors announced there was no winner.

2012: Aliko Dangote – Entrepreneur and Africa’s richest man.

2013: Jason Njoku  – Tech industry trailblazer and Co-founder of iROKO Partners.

2014: Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili – Former Minister of education and Activist.

2015: Josephine Ugwu – the honest airport cleaner who found and returned the precious sum of N12 million in cash.

2016: The Nigerian Paralympics team was chosen for their excellent outing at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

2017: Ayo ‘Wizkid‘ Balogun – Entertainer and Songwriter

2018:  Segun ‘Segalink’ Awosanya –  Activist and ENDSARS Camapigner.

2019: Omoyele Sowore – Pro-democracy campaigner, rights activist and founder of Sahara Reporters.

2020: #EndSARS Protesters comprising all campaigners, promoters, online as well as offline protesters.


Abimbola Adebakin; a highly innovative health practitioner who has taken a tech-driven approach to addressing some major health concerns within the country, on Thursday, December 30 won the popular vote of a poll which ran for about one month.

READ ALSO: Abimbola Adebakin wins popular vote in YNaija Person of the Year 2021 poll 

An editorial from the board will be published at 4:30pm today; explaining its motivation for the choice of Ayodeji ‘Wizkid’ Balogun as its pick for the award.

Happy New Year in advance!

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