President el-Sisi; Adesina; Mansour; Ashish Thakkar, Otedola, others win across different categories

Runners up to also be honoured.

Portsmouth, United Kingdom: December 11, 2019: The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards committee has unveiled the winners for different categories in the just concluded polls for the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards 2019, with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi emerging as the African Political Leader of the Year 2019, after polling over 70% of the total votes for the Political Leadership Category. 

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 of 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.  The annual poll has become a referendum of some sort by Africans on purposeful and impact-oriented leadership in the continent. 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

The Publisher, Mr. Giami, maintained that all the nominees are deserving of the crown, considering their personal contributions to the continent’s growth and development. In his words, ” the nominees have demonstrated great faith in the Africa project, and are ‘walking their talk’ in their communities. They all are true lovers of Africa, determinedly contributing, sometimes amidst very difficult circumstances, but undoubtedly making their communities a better place for its people”.

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year, which is in its 8th year, is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who are considered to have blazed the trail in the year under review. A shortlist of nominees are selected from results gathered via a Call for nominations, traditionally promoted via paid online and offline campaigns across the continent, Europe, and the Americas. The call for nomination is the first step in a multi-phased process, which is then followed by the voting process and the eventual announcements of winners. 

This year, the selection committee retained the four broad themes, from the previous year, which resonated with Africans and they include – Africans whose activities, policies and actions have contributed to ‘Investments into Africa’s young people, jobs & wealth creation; promotion sustainable peace & development, delivering of democratic values; & the promotion of Africa’s image globally’; in arriving at their decisions. Sustainable peace is a precursor to development in the continent, hence the need to encourage state and non-state actors to contribute towards the pursuit of sustainable peace on the continent.

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.