Nominees For The 10th African Leadership Magazine Persons Of The Year 2021 Unveiled

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Voting now opens across the continent to decide winners

Portsmouth-UK:  The board of The African Leadership Organization, publishers of African Leadership Magazine has unveiled the nominees for the 10th African Leadership Magazine Persons of the year 2021. The list was unveiled by the board, following a call for nomination which ended recently and attracted submissions from Africans across the continent.

The unveiling ceremony which was held virtually was chaired by the African Leadership Organisation, founder and Chairman, Dr. Ken Giami. In his remarks, the Chairman, maintained that, “the challenges of last year, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, has not abated, yet, certain Africans have continued to push through a new narrative for the continent, making the continent a better place.”  Continuing, he maintained that, “our nominees are trailblazers, trendsetters and unrelenting in their push for a safe and secured future for the continent and her people, especially its youths.”

“These men and women have been selected from a long list of nominees, for their various enormous contributions and efforts towards addressing the intricate political, socio-economic, and health challenges the continent has been faced with during these unprecedented times – championing the narrative of a resilient and resurgent Africa,” he said.

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards is Africa’s premier vote-based endorsement, reserved annually for the leading Africans who are contributing towards promoting the continent’s progress, and positively altering Africa’s perceived negative image. The annual event has also become a platform for honouring people-centred leadership and Africans that are pursuing a pan-African agenda in their chosen fields of endeavour. This year’s event will provide a platform to celebrate the continent’s purveyors of hope – business, political and diplomatic leaders who are helping us to see possibilities during a global pandemic that has refused to abate. 

All winners of the 2021 awards shall be presented with an award trophy and formally decorated with the instruments of the honour at the 10th African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award Ceremonies, scheduled to hold on February 26th, 2022 in a hybrid format across multiple locations and virtually. The magazine, therefore, invites you to visit its website ( to vote for your choice nominee in different categories for this prestigious award, as voting closes on Friday, December 31, 2021, at midnight Central African Time. 

Below are the distinguished Africans who made the shortlist of nominees in 7 different categories for this year, and all Africans are welcomed to vote:

  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.

  • His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal
  • His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa
  • His Excellency Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi
  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.

  • Stella Fubara, Director of International Operations with the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) (Nigeria)
  • Lillian Barnard, CEO, Microsoft South Africa (South Africa)
  • Bishop Patricia Sappor, President, Chartered Institute of Bankers, Ghana
  • Mukwandi Chibesakunda, CEO, Zambia Commercial Bank
  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 

  • Fred Swaniker, African Leadership University,
  • Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice-Chancellor, Makarere University, Uganda
  • Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong, Founder, Arthur Javis University
  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

  • Tokyo Sexwale, Founder, Mvelaphanda Holdings, South Africa
  • Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, Founder, Elizade Group, Nigeria
  • Mo Dewji, MD/CEO, MeTL Group, Tanzania
  • Tabitha Karanja, Founder and CEO, Keroche Breweries, Kenya
  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.

  • His Excellency Patrice Talon, President of Benin Republic
  • His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique
  • His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
  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 

  • David Adeleke (Davido) Music Star, Nigeria
  • Mo Salah, Football Star, Egypt
  • Lupita Amondi Nyong’o Movie Star, Kenya
  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.

  • His Excellency, Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana
  • His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d’ivoire
  • Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of Defense Staff, Ghana

About African Leadership Magazine Group

The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (U.K.) 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.

Kingsley Okeke

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