The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards committee has unveiled the winners for different categories in the just concluded polls for the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards 2018, with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed resoundingly emerging as the African of the Year 2018, with over 85% of total votes/submissions.
The keenly contested poll, across 7 different categories, attracted 123,446 votes on our website, 33,000 entries across our social media platforms, and 3400 submissions from both our emails and offline hard copy submissions. Winners shall be decorated and presented with the instruments of honour on the 22nd February 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at a colourful ceremony that shall attract a wide spectrum of African policy, diplomatic and business leaders. The winners were unveiled by the Publisher of the Magazine Mr. Ken Giami, at the UK Head Office of the group, after the awards committee working with the editorial team concluded the collation of both online and offline votes and submissions from the over 1 million subscribers / followership base of the publication.
The final winners are:
African of the Year 2018:
H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia – winner
African Female Leader of the Year 2018:
Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Sec. Gen. UN, Nigeria
ALM Person of the Year 2018-Educational Development
Mohammed Indimi, Oriental Energy, Nigeria – Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2018 – Employment Generation
AtikuAbubakar, Nigeria – Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2018 – Political Leadership
President John PombeMagufuli, President of Tanzania – Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2018 – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society
Tony Elumelu, Heirs Holding, Nigeria – Winner
ALM Young Person of the Year 2018
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry, Botswana- Winner
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards, which has become the leading vote-based third-party endorsement in the continent, recorded an upsurge of 20% votes from the African Diaspora this year. In addition to the winners, a special ALM Commendation citation shall be presented to the most distinguished runners up, which includes:
African of the Year Commendation citation:
H.E. SeretseKhama Ian Khama, former President of Botswana
African Female Leader of the Year Commendation citation:
H.E GraçaMachel DBE, South Africa,
ALM Person of the Year -Educational Development Commendation Citaton
Fred Swaniker, African Leadership development Academy, Ghana
ALM Person of the Year Employment Generation Commendation citation
Christo Wiese, Shoprite, South Africa
ALM Person of the Year – Political Leadership Commendation citation
H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana
ALM Person of the Year – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society Commendation citation
Mohamed Al Kettani – CEO Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco,
ALM Young Person of the Year Commendation citation
SanguDelle, CEO, Golden Palm investment, Ghana
The Publisher, Mr. Giami, maintained that, all the nominees are deserving of the crown -considering their personal contributions to the continent’s growth and development. In his words, ” the nominees have demonstrated great faith in the Africa project, and are ‘walking their talk’ in their communities. They all are true lovers of Africa, determinedly contributing, sometimes amidst very difficult circumstances, but undoubtedly making their communities a better place for its people. ” –
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year which is in its 7th year, is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who are considered to have blazed the trail in the year under review. A shortlist of nominees are selected from results gathered via a Call for nomination – traditionally promoted via a paid online and offline campaigns across the continent, Europe, and the Americas. The call for nomination is the first step in a multi-phased process.
This year, the selection committee considered, among others, four broad themes: – Africans whose activities, policies and actions have contributed to ‘Investments into Africa’s young people, jobs & wealth creation; promotion sustainable peace & development, delivering of democratic values; & the promotion of Africa’s image globally’; in arriving at their decisions. Sustainable peace is a precursor to development in the continent, hence the need to encourage state and non state actors to contribute towards the pursuit of sustainable peace on the continent.
About African Leadership Magazine:
The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.
Since its maiden edition, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 1, 000, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers, and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe, and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. The magazine has over 900,000 subscribers/Followers on Facebook and a virile readership on other social media platforms. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate a lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporates that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.