Time’s writer, Astha Rajvanshi under fire for listing Tinubu in 100 most influential persons

A staff writer for Time 100, Astha Rajvanshi has been forced to lock her Twitter account after receiving a series of unfitting comments.

An action was believed to be connected with criticisms she has received over the inclusion of Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Tinubu, on the latest Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Rajvanshi received tons of verbal abuse on social media for the article she wrote for Tinubu, which painted his role as a “longtime political power broker.”

Furthermore, a lot of Twitter users have argued that Tinubu’s addition to the Time 100 list does not worth it, especially with the ongoing controversies surrounding his election victory and his apparent role in the country’s economic woes.

In response to the backlash, the writer, Astha Rajvanshi locked her Twitter account and has not commented publicly on the matter.

Meanwhile, Tinubu’s supporters have hailed his inclusion on the list as a validation of his leadership and political influence, both in Nigeria and on the global stage. The


See Twitter reactions on Astha Rajvanshi’s handle

One of the critics One Nigeria! 🇳🇬🇨🇦 @Gen_tuu69 on Twitter wrote,

“Above is Astha Rajvanshi @astharajvanshi repost on LinkedIn, thanks to @ChiomaChuka for the thoughts shared to clear up the TIME 100 Tinubu’s feature. I think Agbados didn’t bother to read the Article and Obidients conjured her too fast. Na Journey we dey go, and we go finish am.”


In reaction, Emeka Azuka Okoye @EmekaOkoye said,

“Dear #ObiDients, Attacking Astha Rajvanshi was uncalled for and unnecessary. She didn’t do it because she doesn’t like Nigeria. The bigot’s lobbyists sold the idea to Time Magazine. We should have just educated her about all that has been going on. This was just not right IMHO (in my honest opinion).


Meanwhile, another Twitter user, Tosin Hexemty @Hexemty1 cautioned,

“Okay now; I think the “Obidients” needs to be cautioned and sensitized appropriately. Bcos why do u have to go hard on anyone that has a contrary opinion to yours? Don’t people, especially of the press reserve/have the right to carry out their assignment again?!”


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