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Trevor Noah Is One of TIME Magazine’s 100 most Influential People

South African comedian Trevor Noah at The Daily Show offices in New York.

Trevor Noah has been putting Africa on the global map since his debut on America’s The Daily Show in 2015. This is what Lupita Nyong’o says about him

Globally renowned TIME magazine revealed its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world on Thursday, 20 April 2018; and including South Africa’s Trevor Noah in it. The magazine paired guest contributors to write about each of the 100 people on the list. This is what Kenyan-born, Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o, said about Noah:

When I think of Trevor Noah, the first image I see is from his brilliant memoir, Born a Crime, of Trevor’s mother throwing him out of a moving vehicle while he’s asleep in order to save his life. Through other eyes this could be remembered as traumatic and harrowing. Through Trevor’s it is bonding and hilarious, a testament to the love of someone who truly had to think on their feet.

That is how Trevor sees the world. A fantastic storyteller, he has always been a defier of rules, which he broke simply by being born in his native country. At The Daily Show, which he has truly globalized, Trevor seeks out comedians of color in every possible venue, no matter how small. He is determined to find the best talent representing the most diverse viewpoints.

Trevor, who grew up biracial in apartheid South Africa, has the unique ability to tell truths that bring us together. He is uncannily skilled at holding up a mirror to whatever room he is in. Trevor is always reaching out: across cultures, continents, and boundaries. He makes us laugh with each other and brings us that much closer to under­standing one another.”

Lupita Nyong’o is producing and will star as Trevor Noah’s mother in the film adaptation of his 2016’s best selling book, Born a Crime.

From Soweto to reigning the global stage, Trevor Noah is proof that Black child, it is possible, if you put your mind to it.

Check out his thought-provoking conversation with Oprah on her Super Soul Conversations, show:

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