Botswana's new President Mokgweetsi Masisi (L) greets the crowd after taking the oath as the 5th President at the National Assembly in Gaborone on 1 April 2018. Botswana's new president used his inauguration speech on April 1 to vow to tackle youth unemployment in one of Africa's most stable countries. / AFP PHOTO / MONIRUL BHUIYAN

… Voting opens across the continent to decide winners

December 02, 2018

Portsmouth, United Kingdom, December 02, 2019:  The President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has been nominated for the 8th African Leadership Persons of the Year Award. Mr. Masisi who recently won reelection for a second term as the President of Botswana has been nominated in the African Political Leader of the Year category, alongside, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana;  H.E Abdelfattah Elsisi, President of Egypt; and H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia.

The Publisher, Dr. Ken Giami, while unveiling the nominees at the group’s corporate head office in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, noted that the ALM Persons of the Year Award has continued to attract global attention and nominations from across Africa, as well as the African Diaspora, galvanizing conversations about Africa Now and the continent’s future.

Dr. Giami, commended the nominees, adding that, “they are all winners already, because, they have been selected by Africans out of the over 1.2 Billion people on the continent, as those deserving of this exclusive recognition.”

The shortlist was preceded by a call for nomination and the eventual winners would be decided via a voting process. Below are the distinguished Africans who made the shortlist of nominees in different categories, and all Africans are welcomed to vote:

African of the Year 2019

This recognition is open to an African whose actions have greatly impacted the continent positively in the year under review and helped shape his or her immediate society and continues to inspire globally.

  1. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
  2. Mo Ibrahim, Mo Ibrahim Foundation   
  3. His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco

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African Female Leader of the Year 2019

This recognition is open to an African woman who has defied the odds, risen above the patriarchal systems in the continent to positively affect the continent or influence women to aspire for excellence in various fields.

  1. Gifty Lamptey, Managing Director, SIDALCO Group of Companies, Ghana
  2. Rawya Manousr, Founder RAMSCO Trade & Distribution, Egypt
  3. Helen Oritsejafor, MD/CEO, Eagle Heights Group, Nigeria

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 ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Educational Development

This recognition is open to an African, whose contribution to the growth of education and deepening knowledge has been second to none in the year under review. It is also reserved for a member of the academic whose research or policy has contributed to shaping his or her country’s economic growth and development 

  1. Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria 
  2. Yusuf Karodia, Founder of MANCOSA, Regent Business School, Southern Africa (Also one of the founders of Honoris Group)
  3. Afe Babalola, Founder Afe Bablola University Nigeria 

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ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Employment Generation

This recognition is open to an African, whose actions, policies and business has helped in creating jobs for Africans in the year under review

  1. Ashish Thakkar, Mara Phones
  2. Hillie Meyer, Group Chief Executive Officer, Momentum Metropolitan Holding Ltd, South Africa
  3. Abdulsalmad Rabiu, Chief Executive Officer, BUA Group, Nigeria 
  4. Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, LADOL, Nigeria 

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ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Political Leadership

This recognition is open to an African, whose contribution has immensely contributed to deepening democracy and democratic values in the continent. 

  1. H.E Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana
  2. H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana
  3. H.E Abdelfattah Elsisi, President of Egypt
  4. H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia

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

This recognition is open to an African, who has given more to support a charitable cause, social justice and promote social good.

  1. Denis Mukwege, founder, Panzi Hospital, specializes in treating women who have been raped by Rebels in Congo 
  2. Femi Otedola, Philanthropist
  3. Emeka Offor, Chrome Group
  4. Patrice Motsepe, Motesepe Foundation, South Africa 

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ALM Young Person of the Year 2019

Criteria: Must be between the ages of 18-38; Young persons of African descent, making a difference globally via diverse sectors such as business, IT, entertainment, sports, etc, remaining a positive role model and re-defining creativity, resilience; hard work and ingenuity of the continent’s young people 

  1. Wizkid, Music Artist, Nigeria
  2. Kevin Okyere, Springfield Group, Ghana
  3. Isaya Yunge, Founder, SomaApps Technologies Ltd, Tanzania

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You are therefore invited to vote for Africans in different categories for this prestigious award.   Voting closes on the 10th December 2019 at midnight Central African Time.

About the Persons of the Year Award:

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award is a vote-based awards program, reserved for African business, political, diplomatic, Sports and Entertainment leaders, who are considered to have blazed the trail in different categories in the year under review. The awards enjoy one of the most participatory processes, as Africans get to decide who takes the coveted crown in different categories.   Winners are presented with the award in a colorful ceremony held annually in Johannesburg, South Africa.

About African Leadership Magazine:

The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom (Company No. 07435198). 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 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, telling African stories from African lenses.

More information, please visit www.africanleadershipmagazine.co.uk or send an email to editor@africanleadership.co.uk