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The nominees for the African Business Awards 2010 have been announced

3 Juin 2010 , Rédigé par APPA

Press Release: 3rd June 2010


The nominees for the African Business Awards 2010 have been announced. 


 Winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony on 21st June 2010 in London , UK .


The shortlist of finalists for the third edition of the African Business Awards has been announced. This year’s competition boasts a strong field of outstanding candidates, promising the judging panel a tough time in selecting the final winner for each category of the Awards.


The nominees for the esteemed Award for Business Leader of the Year are Jubril Adewale Tinubu, CEO, Oando Plc, Arnaud Lagesse, Groupe Mon Loisir, Samih Sawiris, Chairman and CEO, Orascom Development, Mike Adenuga Jr, Chairman, Globacom Mobile and Sizwe Nxasana, Chairman and CEO, FirstRand Limited and FirstRand Foundation.


This year’s Award for Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year features a crop of stellar candidates who have made a significant mark on the business landscape of the continent. They are Laurence Do Rego, Group Executive Director for Finance and Risk, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Nyamuhunge Julian Omalla, MD, Delight (U), Philisiwe  Buthelezi, CEO, Group Five, and Brutawit Dawit Abdi, CEO and President, Zemen Bank.


The much coveted African Business of the Year Award will be contested by Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Safaricom, Citadel Capital and the De Beers Family of Companies.


Organised by IC Publications, publishers of the African Business magazine, and the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), the African Business Awards 2010 brings together prominent business leaders, entrepreneurs, heads of state and other high-ranking government officials from across the world to celebrate the achievements and successes of those who have played a pivotal role in driving Africa’s economic development forward. Now in its third year, the African Business Awards has established itself as the key annual event on the calendars of the African business community.   


The aim of the Awards is to recognise business leaders and companies that have excelled in Africa over the last year. The winners would have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the continent, the economic aspirations of its citizens and the transformation of Africa ’s image in international markets, while displaying high standards of good corporate citizenship and social and environmental responsibility.

There are 12 different categories for the Awards, covering a range of sectors crucial to the development of the African continent, and recognizing the role of government in creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. The much sought-after accolades are: the Lifetime Achievement Award, African Business of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year, Best Global Business in Africa, Most Improved Investment Climate, Airline of the Year, Telecoms Company of the Year, Award for Best Agricultural Development, Tourism Destination of the Year, Best Corporate Citizenship/ Social Responsibility and Good Corporate Governance.


Commenting on this year’s Awards, Omar Ben Yedder , Publisher of African Business magazine, said: “Every year we honour those who have contributed significantly to the dynamic and confident Africa we see today. It is heartening to see this list of successful entrepreneurs in a variety of fields growing longer each year. The quantity, but more importantly the quality of entries for this year’s Awards has been exceptional. It is notable that companies taking part in the Awards this year are not just focussed on growing their profits, but committed to sustainable business strategies that take into explicit account the triple bottom-line. I think this is absolutely crucial if the continent is to continue its phenomenal growth that it has experienced over the past few years.”


Mohan Kaul, Director General and CEO of the Commonwealth Business Council stressed the importance of the African Business Awards: “There has been a notable change in the perceptions of doing business in Africa recently. Africa is now seen as a market ready to take off exponentially, widely touted as the ‘last frontier’ where opportunities are waiting to be seized. And yet the African Business Awards has for the past 3 years been championing the achievements of the continent’s world-class companies and leaders who have done exactly that. They have no doubt contributed much to Africa ’s changed image. CBC is proud to have partnered with African Business over the years to champion the achievements of Africa ’s unsung heroes, and spread their names and success stories far and wide.”


A distinguished and independent panel of judges, known and respected for their business expertise on the African region, will decide on the final winners of each award. The judges for this year’s Awards are Mr. Omari Issa, Chief Executive Officer, Investment Climate Facility for Africa, Mr. Amadou Ba, President and Director, AllAfrica Global Media, Mr. Stephen Hayes Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa, Mr. Tim Turner, Director Private Sector, African Development Bank, Mrs. Yvonne Ike, Consultant and Ex-Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase, and Mr. Jean-Louis Ekra, CEO, Afrexim Bank.


The full list of nominees can be found at www.theafricanbusinessawards.com.


The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel in London on Monday, 21st June.


The African Business Awards is held in conjunction with the Africa Business Forum 2010, taking place in London on the 21st-22nd June prior to the 36th G8 Summit in Canada . The African Business Awards 2010 are sponsored by NIMASA, Castel Beer, Ecobank Transnational Ltd. and Access Bank Uk Plc. The preferred airline sponsor for the awards is Arik Air.





Nominees 2010

Business Leader of the Year

·         Mike Adenuga Jr., Chairman, Globacom Mobile , Nigeria

·         Arnaud  M. C. Lagesse, CEO, Groupe Mon Loisir, Mauritius

·         Sizwe Nxasana, Chairman and CEO, FirstRand Limited/ FirstRand Foundation , South Africa

·         Samih Sawiris, Chairman and CEO, Orascom Development, Switzerland

·         Jubril Adewale Tinubu, CEO, Oando Plc, Nigeria



Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year

·         Brutawit Dawit Abdi, President and CEO, Zemen Bank, Ethiopia

·         Philisiwe  Buthelezi, CEO, Group Five , South Africa

·         Laurence Do Rego, Group Executive Director, Finance and Risk, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Togo

·         Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange , Ethiopia

·         Nyamuhunge Julian Omalla, Managing Director, Delight , Uganda



African Business of the Year

·         Bidco Oil Refineries, Kenya

·         Citadel Capital, Egypt

·         De Beers, South Africa

·         Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Togo

·         Safaricom Ltd, Kenya



Best Global Business in Africa

·         Anglo American

·         Barclays

·         BMW

·         Diageo

·         Yara


Telecoms Company of the Year

·         Gateway Communications

·         Globacom Mobile, Nigeria

·         Mobinil, Egypt

·         Safaricom, Kenya

·         Tigo


Best Corporate Citizenship/ Social Responsibility

·         Alliances Developpement Immobilier , Morocco

·         Bidco Oil Refineries, Kenya

·         BMCE Bank Group, Morocco

·         FirstRand Foundation, South Africa

·         Tullow Uganda Operations, Uganda


Good Corporate Governance

·         Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Togo

·         FirstRand Limited, South Africa

·         Group Five , South Africa

·         Nedbank Group, South Africa

·         Nimasa, Nigeria


Winners for the following categories will be announced during the Awards ceremony:

·         Award for Best Agricultural Development*

·         Award for Most Improved Investment Climate*

·         Lifetime Achievement Award*

·         Tourism Destination of the Year*

*The winners for theses award will be chosen from consultations with multilateral agencies, the editorial board of African Business and experts from the Commonwealth Business Council.

About African Business magazine:

After 40 years of continuous reporting on Africa ’s economic landscape, the London-based African Business magazine has justifiably earned its reputation as one of the world’s publishing icons. African Business, published by IC Publicationsis distributed in over 100 countries around the world. It has become an essential component of the knowledge base for organisations, institutions, companies and individuals involved in every economic aspect concerning Africa . IC Publications produces in total ten pan-African titles in English and French.


About IC Publications – IC Events:

IC Publications (www.africasia.com) has over 50 years experience in publishing magazines, newsletters, country supplements, industry reports and market intelligence on Africa and the Middle East . Our market leading titles (African Business, African Banker, New African, The Middle East and New African Woman) are published in both English and French, with a combined global readership of over 1 million.


IC Events (www.ic-events.net) was established to complement IC Publication’s publishing arm. Together with its dedicated team of specialists and extensive network of contacts, IC Events tailors innovative forums, roundtables and workshops responding to the most pressing issues in Africa and the Middle East . IC Events’ activities are 100% results-driven, bringing together major stakeholders and partners involved in the topics tackled to achieve concrete action plans.


Past events organised by IC Events include the 3rd COMESA Investment Forum ( Egypt , 13th-14th April 2010), African Development Bank Business Breakfast Meeting ( Tanzania , 5th May 2010), African Banker ATM Security Forum ( Nigeria , 26th March 2010) and the Skills Invest Forum ( Dubai , 11th June 2009).


About CBC:

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting established the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) in October 1997 to involve the private sector in the promotion of trade and investment. The CBC acts as a bridge for co-operation between business and government, concentrating on efforts to help remove barriers to trade, mobilise investment into Commonwealth countries, foster a good environment for business and investment, promote good practice in corporate governance and corporate citizenship, and facilitate the engagement of the private sector in information communication technology for development initiatives, especially in less developed countries.



For further information, please contact:

Anna Rosenberg

Head of Research and Development

IC Publications – IC Events

7 Coldbath Square  |   London EC1R 4LQ  |   U.K. 
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7841 32 10|  Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7841 32 11 
E-mail: awards@africasia.com

Website: www.theafricanbusinessawards.com



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