7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards extends call for nominations


The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa have extended their call for nominations to 31 June 2017, affording business leaders from across the continent a last opportunity to enter this prominent award.

It will be the seventh year that Africa’s largest business award will host a series of regional award ceremonies in East, West and Southern Africa, before crowning an All Africa winner at the Grand Finale.

The annual AABLA are set to honour business excellence and leaders who have made a considerable impact on their industry and community. The AABLA in Partnership with CNBC Africa salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

The AABLA will recognize business excellence across the following categories:

  • Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Business Woman of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Industrialist of the Year presented by the IDC
  • Company of the Year
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Philanthropist of the Year

The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected at the judging panels discretion, recognizing those who have built significant business empires over the period of a lifetime.

In 2016, the AABLA presented trophies to the following All Africa category winners:

  • East Africa’s Darshan Chandaria of the Chandaria Group won the All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year.
  • West Africa’s Sola David-Borha of Stanbic IBTC Holings was singled out as the All Africa Business Woman of the Year. 
  • Representing West Africa, the All Africa Innovator of the Year title went to mPedigree Network’s Bright Simons.
  • West Africa’s Abdul Samad Rabiu is the founder of BUA Group was named Industrialist of the Year.
  • All Africa Philanthropist of the Year trophy went to West Africa’s Aliko Dangote of the Dangote Foundation.
  • South Africa’s Discovery earned the notable title of All Africa Company of the Year with CEO, Adrian Gore, also named All Africa Business Leader of the Year.
  • The prestigious accolade of All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year went to South African Stephen Saad, CEO of Aspen Pharmacare.
  • Finally, the special honour of the All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon South African Brian Joffe, for his exceptional accomplishments over the period of a lifetime.

The AABLA will also remember those business leaders who have passed away between November 2016 and November 2017 in the “In Memoriam” segment during the AABLA Finale. Those wishing to submit a name are encouraged to do so on the official AABLA™ website.

The 2017 AABLA season will kick-off in Southern Africa with the regional gala dinner in Johannesburg on 28 September 2017, followed by the West African regional gala dinner in Lagos on 20 October 2017, concluding in East Africa with the regional gala dinner in Nairobi on 2 November 2017. The All Africa Grand Finale will be held on 30 November 2017 in Johannesburg, bringing together the winners of each regional event, to select the overall victor in each category.

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit www.aablawards.com


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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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