[WATCH] The Bloomberg 50 List of the Most Influential People in 2020 Features 2 African Women in Fintech & Crypto

Bloomberg has published a list of the top 50 people globally who have influenced the activities, opinions, and affairs of the tumultuous 2020.

The list includes both global figures as well as less known individuals. Among the 50 is a lean group of crypto pioneers and a remarkable duo of women from Africa, the only women on the list from Africa.

SEE ALSO: Bitcoin Donations Are Among the Most Popular Payment Modes for Supporting The Nigerian #ENDSARS Campaign

Below is the full list as published by Bloomberg:

  • Sumit Singh – CEO, Chewy Inc
  • Billie Eilish – Singer-Songwriter
  • Jane Fraser – CEO, CitiGroup Inc.
  • John Roberts – Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Aurora James – Founder, Fifteen Percent Pledge
  • James Gorman – CEO, Morgan Stanley
  • Bong Joon-Ho – Filmmaker
  • Strive Masiyiwa – Founder/CEO, Econet Group
  • Kristalina Georgieva – Managing Director, IMF
  • Swizz Beatz & Timbaland – Co-creators, Versus
  • Abdalla Hamdok – Prime Minister, Sudan
  • Reed Hastings – CEO, Netflix
  • Celeste Barber – Comedian
  • Letitia James – Attorney General, New York State
  • Alan Howard – Co-Founder, Brevan Howard Asset Management
  • Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya – Opposition Leader, Belarus
  • Linda Kirkpatrick – President, MasterCard Inc.
  • Sarah Cooper – Comedian
  • Jeong Eun Kyeong – Commissioner, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency
  • Luis Lacalle Pou – President, Uruguay
  • Papa Giovanni Hospital’s front-line workers – Medical workers, Italy
  • Colin Kaepernick – Activist
  • Zeng Yuqun – CEO, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.
  • Gwynne Shotwell – President/COO, SpaceX
  • Odunayo Eweniyi & Damilola Odufuwa – Co-Founders, Feminist Coalition
  • Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, & Opal Tometi – Co-Founders, Black Lives Matter
  • Wang Xing – CEO, Meituan
  • Donna Langley – Chairwoman, Universal Pictures
  • Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan – Crown Prince, Abu Dhabi
  • Tim Bray – Former VP, Amazon.com
  • Darrin Williams – CEO, Southern, Bancorp Inc.
  • John Foley – CEO, Peloton Interactive
  • Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef
  • Byju Raveendran – CEO, Think & Learn Pvt
  • Ugur Sahin, Chen Wei, Kizzmedia Corbett, Dan Barouch & Sarah Gilbert – The Vaccine Chasers
  • ChangPeng Zhao – CEO, Binance
  • Tsai Ing-Wen – President, Taiwan
  • Marcus Rashford – Forward, Manchester United Club
  • Anthony Fauci – Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Aya Kyogoku & Hisashi Nogami – Director and Producer for Nintendo Co.
  • Baiju Bhatt & Vladimir Tenev – Co-Founders, Robinhood
  • Forrest Li – CEO, Sea Ltd.
  • Keller Rinaudo – CEO, Zipline
  • Maria Ressa – CEO, Rappler Inc.
  • Renee Montgomery – Guard, Atlanta Dream
  • Jeff Hammerbacher, Erin Kissane, Robinson Meyer & Alexis Madrigal – Covid Tracking Project
  • Viya – Livestreamer
  • Jason Hehir – Documentarian
  • Madison Cawthorn – House of Representatives, U.S. lawmaker
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Companies – Dominated the 2020 IPO space without a business

Feminist Coalition founders, Damilola and Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi, are the only African women on the list.

Damilola is a tech professional and women’s rights activists. As a crypto PR professional working for Binance Africa, she has also built a strong feminist movement that helped bring together journalists, activists, lawyers, and creatives who helped support the EndSARS campaign.

Odunayo is the Co-founder and COO of PiggyVest, a fintech savings company.

The founding team members also includes Ire, a front-end developer and co-founder of BuyCoins, a crypto exchange based in Nigeria.

Speaking to Elle Magazine, Damilola said:

“Over the past few years, Nigerian women and activists have crowdfunded on Twitter to support other women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence. These funds were used for legal aid, education, mental health support, housing, and shelter etc.

Eweniyi and I wanted to do more than just support or crowdfund donations intermittently. We also felt for women’s rights needed to include financial freedom for women and many changes to the misogynistic laws and norms in Nigeria.”

Feminist Coalition played a huge role in enabling support for the #ENDSARS campaign and helping drum up support that helped it raise almost $400, 000 in a span of just two weeks. A large part of these donations was in bitcoin.

The recognition of the two women who helped grow a movement supported by bitcoin donations is commendable and offers a glimpse into the possible future of collective social justice and how cryptocurrencies can play a role in these efforts.

RECOMMENDED READING: How Bitcoin Donations are Helping in the Nigerian #ENDSARS Campaign



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