A storm of reactions has been caused by TIME Magazine’s declaration of US President-elect Donald Trump as its Person Of The Year. The cover page shows a photo of the future controversial president captioned with "President Of The Divided States Of America." Nancy Gibbs, the editor-in-chief of TIME, explained the decision: "This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer. It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption…" Social media users immediately recalled the previous choices of the magazine including Adolf Hitler, Vladmir Putin, Stalin and other divisive leaders and prominent figures.
Followers of T.B. Joshua, Nigerian self-proclaimed prophet, quickly recalled that in his prophecy about the US elections, the cleric said Trump would receive such an award. "After the election, they should award him the man of the year. Challenges don’t mean anything to him. The more you abuse him, they more he comes out to talk and smile," he stated on November 6, 2016. TIME began awarding its Person of the Year honour in 1927.
The profile covers whichever person, group, idea or object that "for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year".