…Phones to be customized with name inscriptions

Portsmouth, United Kingdom, January 27, 2020: Winners of the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year 2019, will receive customized Mara Phones, as additional benefits during the award presentation in Johannesburg, in February 2020.

The Customized Mara Phones will have the names of the winners inscribed on the phone – giving the Award recipients exclusivity.  The event with the theme: Africa for Africans – Exploring the Gains of a Connected Continent, which is billed to hold on the 28th– 29th February 2020, in Johannesburg, South Africa, will have in attendance over 150 business, political and diplomatic leaders from within and outside the continent.

The presentation of the Bespoke smartphone is part of the partnership between African Leadership Magazine UK and Mara Phone, manufacturers of the first made in Africa smart phone. Mara Phone which was recently launched in Rwanda and South Africa is the first made in Africa Smartphone.

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year is Africa’s premium vote-based endorsement, reserved annually for the Africans who are contributing towards promoting the continent and positively altering her narrative. The event which is in its 8th year has become a referendum of some sort by Africans on purposeful leadership in the continent. 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 and subsequent selection of Africans with the largest number of entries in 7 categories, is followed by a poll on our website: www.africanleadershipmagazine.co.uk and our social media platforms – through which the winners emerge.

The keenly contested poll, across 7 different categories, attracted over 300,000 entries on the website; entries across our social media platforms, and submissions via email. Winners shall be decorated and presented with the instruments of honour on the 28th February 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at a colourful ceremony that will 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 2019: 

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria – Winner 

African Female Leader of the Year 2019: 

Rawya Mansour, Founder, RAMSCO Company – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2019-Educational Development

Dr. Yusuf Karodia, Founder, Regent Business School and MANCOSA – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Employment Generation

Ashish Thakkar, CEO, Mara Phone – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Political Leadership

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society

Femi Otedola, Founder, Femi Otedola Foundation – Winner

ALM Young Person of the Year 2019

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid, Music Artist – 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 over 45% votes from Africans within and the 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 Award:

His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

African Female Leader of the Year Commendation Award:

Helen Oritsejafor, MD/CEO, Eagle Heights Group, Nigeria

ALM Person of the Year -Educational Development Commendation Award

Afe Babalola, Founder Afe Bablola University Nigeria

ALM Person of the Year Employment Generation Commendation Award

Abdulsalmad Rabiu, Chief Executive Officer, BUA Group, Nigeria 

ALM Person of the Year – Political Leadership Commendation Award

H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia

ALM Person of the Year – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society Commendation Award

Patrice Motsepe, Motesepe Foundation, South Africa 

ALM Young Person of the Year Commendation Award

Isaya Yunge, Founder, SomaApps Technologies Ltd, Tanzania


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 policymakers, 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.

About Mara Group:

Mara Phone is a smartphone brand owned by Mara Group and is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda. The brand began to manufacture its first smartphones from a South African plant in 2018. The company’s mission is to produce smartphones for African and global markets