Lupita Nyong'o, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

Lupita Nyong'o among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, Lupita Nyong'o is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 25/11/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Nyong'o 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 33-year-old actress, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

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

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Lupita Nyong'o Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 24 Nov 2017
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveLupita”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 24 Nov 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Lupita Nyong'o?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Nov 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Lupita Nyong'o?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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