By Enyichukwu Enemanna
For inspiring Ukrainians and winning global accolades for his courage in resisting Russia’s devastating invasion, Time Magazines on Wednesday named Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy 2022 “Person of the Year”.
In bestowing the annual title, the publication says Zelenskyy remained courageous and refused to leave Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv at the outbreak of the war in February as Russian bombs rained down, but rallied his compatriots in broadcasts from the capital and traveled across his war-torn nation.
Zelenskyy had on Tuesday isited Ukrainian troops near the front lines in eastern Ukraine in the war on its tenth month.
“Zelenskyy’s success as a wartime leader has relied on the fact that courage is contagious. It spread through Ukraine’s political leadership in the first days of the invasion, as everyone realized the president had stuck around,” Time wrote in acknowledging the 44-year-old leader.
In 2021, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was named Time’s “Person of the Year”.
This came a year after his electric car company become the most valuable carmaker in the world. Time began this tradition in 1927.