ED Mnangagwa: Named TIME Magazine's 100 most Influential People

Harare - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been named as TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Mnangagwa joins another African US-based South African comedian Trevor Noah, becoming two of 100 - among other names such as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna and Prince Harry.

The TIME 100 list features individuals recognised for changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions (which explains the inclusion of Donald Trump and other controversial people before him).

Individuals or a group of people are exclusively chosen by TIME editors with nominations coming from the TIME 100 alumni and the magazine's international writing staff.
Emmerson Mnangagwa

Each year our TIME 100 list lets us step back and measure the forces that move us. Which is more powerful, hope or proof? Ambition or altruism? The lessons of the past or the lure of the future? 

The people we spotlight range from the globally famous to the literally anonymous—we leave it to you to guess the true identity of author Elena Ferrante. There are world leaders and local activists, artists and athletes, scientists, moguls and a number of people who are running for President of the United States.

Each entrant has a short write-up written by an equally prominent individual, describing what makes them influential. Mnangagwa is listed in the leaders category, with the write-up on him by Zimbabwean activist, Evan Mawarire.

"The elation that greeted the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign naturally enough transformed into hopes for his successor. And in his first 100 days, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa spoke of re-engaging, forgiveness, democracy and unity. But though words matter, so does the survival of a system that destroyed the hopes and dreams of generations. 

"For four decades, Zimbabwe’s new President was the protégé of the dictator he eventually deposed. Mnangagwa says very little of his own volition. He waits for you to speak and only responds when absolutely necessary. As Mugabe learned, he is extremely patient, choosing his moments of response or retaliation carefully. 

"Mugabe described him as a man who does not forgive or forget very easily. Maybe that’s why for years, Mnangagwa has kept his liberation war nickname, the Crocodile. The undeniable paradox of Zimbabwe’s moment of healing is that the doctor was once the butcher," Mawarire says.
Tennis star, Roger Federer and actress Nicole Kidman are among six entrants on is this year's various TIME 100 front covers. - Online Sources 

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