Alex Okosi, Duro Olowu… homeboys make 2022 UK black powerlist
With decades of successful careers, Nigerian media and tech executive, Alex Okosi and Nigerian-born British fashion designer, Duro Olowu have been recognised as part of Britain’s 100 most influential black people in the Powerlist 2022.
The 2022 powerlist also include English actor and DJ, Idris Elba OBE; British historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and filmmaker, David Olusoga OBE; English professional footballer, Raheem Sterling MBE and other outstanding men and women across industries.
Alex Okosi, who is Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, where he is responsible for the platform’s growth in Russia, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, spent 22 years at ViacomCBS in the US, Europe and Africa before taking on the role at YouTube. Among his career highlights was developing the business plan and leading the rollout of the conglomerate’s entry into Africa.
Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born British fashion designer best known for his innovative combinations of patterns and textiles that draw inspiration from his international background. In 2005, Olowu won the New Designer of the Year Award at the British Fashion Awards; the only designer to do so prior to their first catwalk show.In 2007, he made his runway debut at London Fashion Week. In 2009 he was named the Best International Designer at the African Fashion Awards, and was also one of six designers nominated for the Swiss Textile Federation’s coveted prize of €100,000.
The Powerlist was launched in 2007 to showcase black role models to young people. It is now regarded as the leading authority on issues of black influence. Now in its 15th year, The Powerlist, in partnership with J.P. Morgan, honours incredible men and women across a wide range of industries including business, science, technology and the arts.
Michael Eboda, CEO of Powerful Media, said: “The Powerlist continues to be the leading showcase, acknowledgement and reminder of the amazing individuals of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage we have in the UK and I would like to hugely congratulate each and every one on the list.”
This year’s list consists of several business leaders, many who have risen to the top as a result of their remarkable achievements.
Amongst these are Dean Forbes, CEO, Forterro Group, and Paulette Simpson, Executive, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy; and Jamaica National Bank; Executive Director, The Voice Media Group.