Anja Loven, The Danish Aid Worker Who Rescued Nigerian ‘Witch Child’ Is World’s Most Inspiring Person

Earlier this year, a Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén went viral for rescuing a child off the streets who was abandoned on the accusation that he’s a witch.

Anja Lovén, currently based in Nigeria, has been nominated for the OOOM 100: The World’s Most Inspiring People for rescuing the boy whom she called ‘Hope’. Also on the list is US President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Leonardo DiCpario, the Dalai Lama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bob Dylan, as well as actresss and activist Charlize Theron.

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The Top 10 are

  1. Anja Lovén
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Charlize Theron
  4. Pope Francis
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio
  6. Dalai Lama
  7. Mark Zuckerberg
  8. Malala Yousafzai
  9. Bob Dylan
  10. Elon Musk

Lovén seemed ecstatic with the recognition, taking to her Facebook wall to share her excitement

“I woke up this morning to the news that I have been selected as the world’s most inspiring person 2016 !!” To see my name at number 1 is really amazing. I’m like WOW !! I’m so speechless and I’m very honored. This is such an important acknowledgement of DINNødhjælp/ACAEDF humanitarian work in Nigeria,” Lovén wrote.

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She also showed appreciation to her husband, Emmanuel David Umem and other partners of the children’s home in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.


“But as I have said so many times before. I’m not alone. I’m surrounded by the most hard working and devoted team members in the world. Our strong leader and my mentor for life, my husband David Emmanuel Umen, and the following names should also be placed at #1.

  • Nsidibe Orok
  • Don Udowan
  • Ekemini Jacobs
  • Kingsley Umem
  • Matilda Udo
  • Patience Uko
  • Rose Efiok
  • Ekuyik Andrew
  • Edidiong Inyang
  • Asuquo Ita Asuquo
  • Mike Asuquo
  • Esther BasseyChristel
  • Janize Grubert
  • Kaja Monica Bitsch Vigtoft
  • Line Overmark Juul
  • Almaz Mengesha
  • Bjørn Druglimo
  • Leif Dorph Rasmussen
  • Anette Ejlertsen
  • Camilla Lund-Cramer
  • Catrine Knøsgaard Christensen
  • Kathrine Rask Pedersen
  • Didde Vigtoft
  • Jette Kjærgaard Søndergaard
  • Martin Nilsson
  • Emil Aller
  • Stina Fussing
  • Ulf Monrad Gaardsted”