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Two women with Oklahoma ties make list of world’s “Most Influential People”

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two people with strong connections to the Sooner State have made the list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s story was brought to light in the film “Sewing Hope,” which was narrated by Forest Whitaker.

Sister Rosemary runs the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center, which serves as a shelter for women and girls who have suffered violence, rape and sexual exploitation in Uganda.

She is connected with Pros for Africa, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that encourages professionals to help provide aid to Africa.

Country superstar and Checotah native, Carrie Underwood, also made the list.

Fellow country singer, Brad Paisley, wrote about Underwood in Time’s article.

Paisley said, “It’s her decency as a person that is so impressive. She’s an advocate for causes like animal rights and the Red Cross. She has publicly challenged lawmakers when she’s disagreed with them, and covered controversial issues in her music.”

He added, “So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood.”

Click here for Time’s full list of the “100 Most Influential People.”