Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has been a big boy all along.

Perhaps, Nigerians hadn’t noticed.

But a London-based magazine known as the ‘New African’ which kept its ears close to the ground has identified him as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017.

A statement by Mr Idang Alibi, the spokesman for Petroleum Ministry, said Dr. Kachikwu was chosen in the category of Business and Finance.

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The statement quoted Mr Omar Yedder, the Publisher and Managing Director of the magazine as saying that “Kachikwu is dedicated to changing the African narrative and fighting for its interests.

“It is in accordance with that tradition that Dr Kachikwu was spotlighted as one of the greatest influencers of the continent in 2017.

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“My organisation hopes to continue on this journey alongside people engaged in transformational roles across the continent".

According to Yedder, "the magazine is celebrating and reflecting on what shaped the African continent in 2017, and recognised men and women who were change-makers and influencers in a number of sectors and industries".

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