Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman living in Africa and the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation who rescued a two-year-old emaciated Nigerian boy last year has won the title of the world’s most inspiring person, leaving behind the personalities like Barack Obama and Pope Francis.

The boy, who had been termed as a ‘witch child‘ by his own community and made an outcast, was adopted by Anja Ringgren Lovén last year .

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Above picture of Lovén feeding the boy a bottle of water had gone viral worldwide and helped her to raise fund for her organization for helping helpless children.

“Anja Ringgren Lovén is a beacon of hope and the most inspiring person of the year. When he saw the starving child, she acted like a human being and became an inspiration for millions. Her sustained efforts to help the abandoned children of Nigeria gives us hope and encourages us to follow suit,” said Georg Kindel, editor-in-chief at OOOM who headed the jury that decided the winners, reports Independent.


Lovén said, “He was the size of a little baby, my whole body froze. I became a mother myself 20 months ago and I was thinking of my own son when I saw the boy. For me it was clear at that moment that I would fight with all my strength for him to survive.”


The list featured outgoing President Barack Obama on the second spot, followed by actor-philanthropist Charlize Theron and Pope Francis on spots three and four respectively. Leonardo DiCaprio was ranked fifth.

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