United Kingdom 
6 December 2021

As part of a three-step process, towards selecting the iconic African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year 2021, the selection committee for the 2021 edition of the award has issued a call for Nomination.  The Magazine issues two major calls as a prelude to the prestigious annual African Leadership Persons of the Year Awards investiture ceremony – a call for nomination and a call for voting. This initial call for 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 during the presentation ceremonies normally scheduled for the last weekend of February 2022.      

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 Awards investiture ceremonies, the board, and management of African Leadership Magazine invites nominations from Africans and friends of Africa from across the globe for the various categories.

Do you have an African Hero or heroine, who is contributing towards changing the continent’s narrative locally and globally? 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 future generations of African leaders? Now is the time to honour them on a global platform.

The African Leadership Magazine, a publication of The African Leadership Organization UK has therefore opened nomination for the 2021 African Persons of the Year in the following ten categories:

  1. African of the Year 2021

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 2021
    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 2021 

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 2021 

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 2021 

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


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 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021

Criteria: This recognition is open to defence and security heads across the continent, with visible strides in the security of lives and property in their countries and the larger society. Nominees are also expected to subscribe to high standards of personal accountability in the pursuit of their vision.


  1. African Energy Leader of the Year 2021

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


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

Some past recipients of the ALM Person of the Year have included HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia (2011);  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); His Excellency Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia (2018); Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank, (2019) and Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization (2020).


Nomination Process

Nominations may be sent via as DMs via our social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, or via email to nominations@africanleadership.co.uk

Hard copy letters/submissions may be sent to our UK Head office and addressed to

The 2021 POTY Selection Committee,

African Leadership Magazine,
Portsmouth Technopole,
Kingston Crescent,
Portsmouth PO2 8FA,
United Kingdom.

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 Saturday, 11th December 2021, at midnight Central African time.