This year’s prestigious Time 100 most influential people was released on Sept. 23. Among them is Julie Mehretu. She is an Ethiopian-born visual artist known for the exploration of multiple dimensions in her paintings and other forms of artistry. Her art explores the significance of space and place through layered shapes and lines, depicting environments and dimensions. The Time’s list includes these other African descendants namely Tomi Adeyemi (Nigeria), Michaela Coel (Ghanian-born), Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Dr. Tunji Funsho (Nigeria), Tony Elumelu (Nigeria), Abubacarr Tambadou (Gambia) and Tony Elumelu (Nigeria), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Ethiopian),  Abel Tesfaye/ The Weeknd (Born in Canada to Ethiopian Parents). These individuals are celebrated because of their influences and contributions to society.

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