TIME has named Nigerian physician; Dr. Tunji Funsho in the 2020 TIME100, its annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
Dr. Tunji Funsho, a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, is the first Rotary member to receive this honour for the organization’s work to eradicate polio, having played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020. Responding to a message sent by our correspondent Immanuel Odeyemi, the recipient said he was honored to be recognized by TIME for his part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralyzed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled seventy-five thousand African children every single year.
As the leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, Dr. Funsho has worked alongside Rotary members throughout the country to raise awareness about the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary’s fight to end polio in Africa. Our Correspondent reports that in August 2019, Nigeria reached three years without a case of wild poliovirus.