Dangote, others listed for continental awards



African Media Agency, producers of pan-African magazine, African Business, has shortlisted President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, as well as the Managing Directors of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, Amy Jadesimi, among others, as part of the nominees for the 2015 African Business Awards.

In a statement made available to The Guardian, the firm noted that the winners will be announced at a cocktail reception in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly on 23rd of September.

The nominees were recognised under six categories to include, African Business of the year, Business leader of the year, most outstanding woman in business, Good corporate governance, Award for corporate social responsibility and award for innovation.

Specifically, Dangote Group and Red Media, Nigeria were nominated under the African business of the year category, while Aliko Dangote and the Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema, received nominations under the business leader of the year.

Similarly, Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, Amy Jadesimi was nominated alongside other women from Africa under the most outstanding woman in business category, while Guaranty Trust Bank and The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Nigeria were shortlisted for the good corporate governance award.

Commenting on the Awards, Managing Director of IC Publications and Group Publisher of African Business magazine, Omar Ben Yedder, said: ‘It is encouraging to read the many achievements that are taking place all over the continent, despite the headwinds and difficult global environment. The continent continues to be blessed with some remarkable individuals, who are driven and relentless in their ambitions to playing a transformative role. The calibre of entries is very high and continues to reflect and recognise Africa’s outstanding individuals and businesses”.

The African Business Awards, which are now in their 7th year and launched in 2008, are a platform to celebrate excellence in African business, by recognising the individuals and companies that are driving Africa’s rapidly transforming economy and creating new economic opportunities for citizens and communities all over the continent. Entries are assessed by a judging panel of renowned individuals who are chosen for their expertise on the African Business Industry, with scores based on a set of qualitative and quantitative criteria”, the statement read.

The firm noted that this year’s judges include Vice President: Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank Group, Solomon Asamoah Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI) and co-founder and Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Amadou Mahtar Ba; President and Chairman of the Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Jean-Louis EKRA; founder and CEO of the first independent pan-African private equity Fund of Funds, Henshaw Capital Partners, Barbara James; Head of Anti-Corruption and Transparency at UN Global Compact, Olajobi Makinwa; and Global Managing Director and Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at Damina Advisors, Sebastian Spio Garbrah.

The awards have had a number of distinguished winners in the past. The last edition saw Bola Adesola, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered, Nigeria winning the Most Outstanding Woman of the Year. Other previous winners include Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings who won the African Business Icon and H.E Mr Gervais Koffi Djondo, President of Asky Airlines, who triumphed in the Lifetime Achievement Award category”, the statement read in part.

On the African Leadership Forum, Ben Yedder said: “I’m looking forward to an engaging day of dialogue and discussions. The aim is to have an honest discussion, so that we are better equipped to chart our future and to think strategically about what we want when we engage with the UN and other international institutions and global partners.

We are looking forward to developing really innovative strategies to fast-track sustainable growth in Africa, as well as developing action plans to ensure that African companies and African leaders can compete and make their voice heard globally.”
President Hage Geingob, President of Namibia, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; Hon. Cristina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Minister of Finance and Planning; and Hon. Hannah Tetteh, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs are expected to be speaking at this unique platform to discuss key issues geared at enabling sustainable transformative growth in Africa.

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