Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, has been named 2013 Forbes African of the Year for his reforms to the country’s agriculture sector.
The award ceremony took place yesterday, 2 December 2013, at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Forbes Africa Person of the Year has, since its inception two years ago, reportedly attracted the highest calibre of nominees from across the continent.
“He is a man on a mission to help Africa feed itself,” says Chris Bishop, Forbes Africa Editor.
“It was an honour to present this award in Kenya, for the first time, in the month of the country’s 50th birthday. Akinwumi Adesina was considered a worthy winner by the judges as he is a man on a mission to help Africa feed itself. We hope it will encourage the rest of the continent to grow more of its own food. Also, last year, we presented a Kenyan with the award in Nigeria – this year it was the other way round, which shows how much Forbes Africa is pan African,” said Bishop.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Manu Chandaria, Comcraft Group of Companies Founder.
“Through his establishment of the East Africa Business Council, Chandaria has been a driving force in the rollout of the East African Community, which has provided local corporations with wider avenues, thus enabling their growth. With a combined GDP of around $100 billion and a population of 140 million people, it is a huge step in the right direction towards intra-African trade,” said Davlynne Lidbetter, Forbes Africa General Manager.
2013 Finalists for the Forbes Africa Person of The Year Award included:
– Aliko Dangote, Dangote Group Founder and President
– Patrice Motsepe, African Rainbow Minerals Founder and Executive Chairman
– Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Wireless Founder
– Jim Ovia, Zenith Bank Group Founder