- Anja Lovén tops OOOM magazine list “Most Inspiring People of 2016”.
- She bested the head of Christianity, the US President and prominent movie stars.
- Her humanitarian tale of saving a Nigerian “witch child” proves she rightly deserves the title.
When you can beat Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Dalai Lama, Charlize Theron and Leonardo DiCaprio to secure the top spot, you have to know that you have done something right.
The OOOM 100: The World’s Most Inspiring People
Anja Lovén, the 38-year-old Danish social worker must have felt the same when she became the world’s Most Inspiring Person, according to OOOM magazine.
In case you have never heard of OOOM, it is a business consulting firm that helps companies grow into a brand by PR, marketing and communications development.
They also have their own publishing house which has printed autobiography of Kiehl’s founder Klaus Heidegger “My American Dream”, and Thomas Klein’s “Zwischen Schein und Sein”.
“The World’s Most Inspiring People” is the newest endeavor by OOOM to fulfill their motto – “Inspiring People”.
So how did a social worker from Denmark manage to upstage some of the most influential personalities of the present day? Simply by being human.
Anja Lovén – Bringing Down Superstitious Barriers In Nigeria
In a world were concepts like “barbarism”, “divisiveness” and “intolerance” are common, Anja Lovén dared to rescue a 2-year-old Nigerian kid from starving to death.
The kid was abandoned by his family in Nigeria and left out on the streets to die, because he was thought to be a witch. It was one of the brutal examples of superstitions that still prevail in the medieval atmosphere of Nigeria.
Lovén has studied the rise of superstition in remote parts of Nigeria for a long time. She has travelled extensively to the African country. She has experienced first-hand the torture and mistreatment that “witch-children” have to go through.
The experience touched her so deep that she decided to sell everything she had back in Denmark. She moved to Nigeria with her partner, David, to help out these children in need.
Anja Lovén And Hope
When she got a call about the abandoned Nigerian boy, she wasted no time and jumped into action. The Nigerian boy, now called Hope, was found wandering in the streets, he was the size of a baby.
“I became a mother myself 20 months ago and I was thinking of my own son when I saw the boy,” said Lovén, reports CPH Post Online.
The picture of Lovén feeding digestive biscuits and water to the hungry child went viral back in September this year. Hope was taken back to the children’s home set up by Lovén in Nigeria. The shelter currently houses 34 children, all of them victims of Nigeria’s superstitious beliefs.
Hope has already received blood transfusion and is currently being treated for worms. Even though he is in a stable condition, Lovén fears that damage might have been inflicted in a psychological level:
“Being rejected by your own family must be the loneliest feeling a child can experience, and I don’t believe that anyone can imagine how that must feel like,” Lovén told Huffington Post.
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