Birth: 1 September 1974 (Age: 42)
Source of Influence: Extremists
Influence: Leader of Boko Haram
Status: Featured in current year
Shekau is the head of Boko Haram, a terrorist group in Nigeria which has carried out a number of atrocities. He speaks Hausa, Arabic, and English, and claims to have had a theological training. He has appeared in videos posted online, most notably after the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in April 2014. In March 2015 Boko Haram pledged allegiance to DA’ISH, and have stepped up their terror attacks including a massacre of over 150 Muslims praying in mosques during Ramadan. There are unconfirmed reports that he was killed by a military strike by the Nigerian army.