• Popular economist Bismarck Rewane shares his 'Game Changers' of the year
  • Of the 15 personalities, nine are Nigerians.
  • They include Aliko Dangote, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oby Ezekwesili, Wizkid and Kemi Adetiba.

Meet the 'Game Changers' of 2019, according to popular Nigerian economist Bismarck Rewane.

During a chat with Channels Television's Boason Omofaye, the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Derivatives Company shared his list of the fifteen people he predicts will shape the socio-political and economic landscape of the country in the new year.

On the special edition of Business Morning which held on January 1, 2019, he started by first describing this year as one of "anxiety and uncertainty" after a turbulent 2018 before revealing his 'Game Changers'. 

Full List Of Game Changers

Nine of these 15 personalities are Nigerians. They are:

Aliko Dangote

For Rewane, Africa's richest man is definitely going to change the game with his continuous investment across various sectors.

Aliko Dangote on the cover of Forbes Africa

Seni Sulyman

The popular economist believes the recently appointed vice president of global operations of Andela Nigeria and technology, in general, have a huge role to play in the new year.

Seni Sulyman

Oby Ezekwesili

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) is on this list for daring to enter in the political space.

In his words, "She has been saying the right things, addressing policy issues which she understands very well."

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili

Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Rewane believes that the Vice President can actually the way things are done across the country.

Nigeria's Vice President- Yemi Osinbajo

Peter Obi

Like Ezekwesili, the analyst believes that this Nigerian politician and former governor of Anambra State can also affect change in the socio-economic and political scene.

Mr. Peter Obi, Ex-Governor of Anambra State, Addressing the audience at the Platform, 2017

Abubakar Suleiman

According to Rewane, the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank is definitely going to change things in the financial sector.


Patience Oniha

Being the Debt Management Office's Director-General means that she will affect not just the country's debt problem but also its future.

DG Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha says Nigeria’s debt stands at $70.92 billion as at 2017.


"Wizkid is moving very fast and gaining great traction," Rewane notes.

Wizkid is named best dressed Nigerian popstar

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Kemi Adetiba

With the successes of her movies - the 'Wedding Party' and 'King of Boys', he believes this filmmaker is ready to take on the world.

Kemi Adetiba

Apart from these Nigerian Game Changers, the list also features Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Russia's Vladimir Putin, UK's Theresa May, Kenya's Yaw Nsarkoh and multi-award winning actress, Viola Davis.