As part of its efforts towards promoting entrepreneurship and development in Africa, the African Leadership Magazine UK recently held her annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award.
The award which is in its 6th-run was also used to unveil inductees into the inaugural African CEOs Hall of fame.
The two-day event, was a gathering of some of Africa’s finest, business and political leaders.
The dinner was preceded by a pre-event breakfast business meeting, with a panel discussion on the theme: Africa Beyond 2020: Sustaining Africa’s fastest-growing economies.
In his welcome speech, the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the African Leadership Magazine, North America, Ambassador Joe Beasley, maintained that, “This year’s event is remarkable in many ways; but, more importantly, this event happens to be holding about 200 meters from the Nelson Mandela square, and about five months to his posthumous 100th birthday. Expectedly, the South African government have lined series of activities to celebrate the great Madiba in July.” Continuing, he said, “Nelson Mandela means so many things to so many people, but above all, he is a symbol of leadership. And, as we gather here today, we must self-examine, and also ask the tough questions that may only be answered by actions – how would the world remember us? How would posterity judge us?”
While congratulating the honorees, he mentioned that the Persons of the Year Award was conceived in 2010 in keeping with African Leadership Magazine’s tradition of presenting the sides of the continent, which hardly finds placement at the global stage, and celebrating exemplary leadership and individuals who have contributed to shaping the global perception of the African continent.
“We are believers. We are gathered here today, to send a simple message, “Africans can solve Africa’s problems.” We must, therefore, chose to see possibilities, where others see difficulties; a continent of limitless opportunities, where others see threats.”
In his remark, the President of Madagascar, highlighted his desire to see the entrenchment of Democracy in his country, as well as his efforts towards improving the living conditions of his people, as he looks to contest the coming elections.
The inaugural event saw the induction of CEOs of 25 leading brands on the continent.
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year saw outstanding Africans clinch coveted prizes in seven categories.
His Excellency, Marc Ravalomanana, Former President of Madagascar
Dr Manu Chandaria, Comcraft Group Kenya Chairman
Suzan Mashibe, Tanjet Aviation Tanzania Executive Director
Godfrey Itaye, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority Director General
Dr Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, First Bank Nigeria PLC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Corneille Karekezi, African Re-Insurance Chief Executive Officer
Sanjit Chowdhry, Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Tree Bank Limited, Mauritius
Mesmin Kabath, CEO Keco Group, Congo Brazzaville
Frank Adu, CAL Bank Ghana Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Abdalla Abdulkhalik, Gulf African Bank Kenya Managing Director