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Chimamanda Adichie named among the 50 greatest world leaders in the Fortune Magazine Ranking for 2017.

Half of a Yellow Sun Author and a Feminist Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie has been named among the 50 greatest world leaders in the Fortune Magazine Ranking for 2017.

The Writer was ranked number 42 on the list alongside other world notable personalities.

Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ recently won the “One Book, One New York” campaign from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in partnership with BuzzFeed.(NAN)

The number one on the list is Theo Epstein, a Chicago Cubs Baseball team President. Jack Ma of Alibaba Group of Companies and Pope Francis ranked second and third respectively. The ranking of the Pope was basically for his social integration projects as a clergy.

Melinda Gates is number four in recognition of the impact of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which she co-chairs.

The list also features celebrated basketball player, LeBron James at 11, comedienne Samantha Bee at 19.

Colombian music superstar, Shakira, is at 27 for her philanthropic work through her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) school foundation.

Just outside of the top five is Ava DuVernay recognized for her directorial work in Academy Award winning film, Selma and her forthcoming Disney adaptation, A Wrinkle in Time.

Chance the Rapper checks in at number 46, the 23-year-old hip-hop star is commended for his willingness to remain an independent artist and release his music for free and his education philanthropy in his Illinois, Chicago hometown.

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