Emmerson Mnangagwa, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Zimbabwean president among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, the Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 06/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Mnangagwa for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 79-year-old politician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Mnangagwa so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the politician have already been named ‘Zimbabwean Of The Year’ by some major Zimbabwean newspapers and even ‘Shabani Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Shabani (Emmerson Mnangagwa's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#MnangagwaPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 5 Dec 2021
“Congrats! Emmerson has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 5 Dec 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Emmerson Mnangagwa?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 5 Dec 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Emmerson Mnangagwa?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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