Pistorius (25) is the only South African to make the list for 2012. Time magazine describes him as the definition of global inspiration and even when forced to be confined to only competing in Paralympics, he kept persisting and pushing his limits and the limits of the human body and competed against able-bodies runners and did well in the 400m sprint. Read more here.
Time describes Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (55) as a leader that exemplifies the African political renaissance and possessing qualities that make him lead the fight against corruption, managing to turn Nigeria into an example of good governance. Read more about Jonathan here and why he made the list.