Portsmouth-UK:  As the first step in a meticulous approach towards selecting the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year, the selection committee for the 2020 edition of the award has issued a call for Nomination.  African Leadership Magazine issues two major calls as a prelude to the prestigious annual African Leadership Persons of the Year Award – a call for Nomination and a call for voting. This call for a nomination, therefore, sets the stage for the series of activities that will culminate in the gathering of Africa’s finest in business, politics, and diplomacy.     

As we count down towards hosting some of the continent’s finest, business, political and diplomatic leaders in the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award, the board, and management of African Leadership Magazine invites nominations from Africans and friends of Africa from across the globe. Do you have an African Hero or heroine? Is he or She breaking or setting records in service to humanity, impacting society, and making our world a better place? Does he or she deserve to be the ideal Person of the Year in their diverse callings – inspiring the future generation of African leaders? Now is the time to honour them on a global platform.

The African Leadership Magazine, which is a publication of African Leadership (UK) Limited has opened Nomination for the 2020 Persons of the Year in the following categories:

  1. African of the Year 2020

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. African Female Leader of the Year 2020

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. African Educationist of the Year 

(formerly: ALM Person of the Year 2020 – 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. African Industrialist of the Year 

(Formerly: ALM Person of the Year 2020 – 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. African Political Leader of the Year 

(Formerly: ALM Person of the Year 2020 – Political Leadership)

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

  1. African Philanthropist of the Year 

(Formerly: ALM Person of the Year 2020 – 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. ALM Young Person of the Year 2020

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. Africa Agripreneur of the Year

Criteria: This recognition is open to any African with a visible track record of sustained investment in the Agricultural sector in their respective countries

  1. Africa Climate Champion of the Year

Criteria: This recognition is open to individuals; groups; associations; or companies that are deeply committed to combating climate action in Africa, through investments, CSR or any deliberate strategy

  1. Africa Peace & Security Leader of the Year

Criteria: This recognition is open to defence and security heads across the continent, with visible strides in the security of lives and properties in their countries. Nominees are also expected to subscribe to the highest standards of accountability in the discharge of their responsibilities.

  1. African Energy Leader of the Year

Criteria: This recognition is open to Africans with visible impact, through investment, excellent stewardship, the unique invention in Africa’s energy sector

  1. African Public Health Champion of the Year

This award is reserved for individuals who have contributed immensely to the promotion of public health programmes in Africa

  1. Africa Disruptor of the Year

Recognizes the business leader who has pioneered innovative business ideas and/or technologies which have had a transformative impact on an industry or sector. 

This is the first step in a lengthy and vote-based process towards the emergence of the Persons of the Year 2020, which will culminate into who would eventually emerge the winners of the prestigious African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year 2020.

Nominations are open to Africans and friends of Africa, and nominees can be business, political, or community leaders, who have contributed immensely to Africa and her people

Some past recipients of the ALM Person of the Year are as follows: Sudanese Businessman Mo Ibrahim, founder, Ibrahim Prize for Leadership (2012); Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria  (2013); Fmr Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete(2014); Fmr Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (2015); and Tanzanian Businessman and Philanthropist Mo Dewji(2016); His Excellency Paul Kagame (2017); Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (2018) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank, (2019)

Nomination Process

Nominations may be sent via our Facebook our social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, email to nominations@africanleadership.co.uk; hard copy letters/submissions to our UK Head office (The 2020 Selection Committee, African Leadership Magazine, Portsmouth Technopole, Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth PO2 8FA, United Kingdom) or on our website by following this link; http://africanleadership.co.uk/nominate-for-an-award/

Additional Supporting Documents could include:

  • A nominating letter/Email to the chairman of the ALM Persons of the Year Selection Committee
  • A summary detailing the relevant achievements of the candidate (maximum 2 – 3 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae; and any other supporting documents, links, media coverage, etc

Nominations will be reviewed by the selection committee and the Editorial Board, and a shortlist of nominees would be unveiled after an assessment and verification of claims and submission. Nominations close on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at midnight Central African time.