Africa's most respected Business Awards

The annual All Africa Business Leaders Award is set to honour business excellence and leaders who have made a considerable impact on their industry and community.

The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in partnership with CNBC Africa honour remarkable leadership and salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

CNBC Africa is proud to continue the tradition established by the awards that define and celebrate vision, the spirit of achievement and excellence in business leadership in Africa. The AABLA™ distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses.

Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in African leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy.

  1. CEOs from the African listed companies are invited to nominate themselves or respected leaders in business.
  2. Nominations will be received online via the AABLA’s website www.aablawards.com
  3. All documents need to be filled out and supporting documents including the signed rules have to be summited. The AABLA™ team then confirms the CEO’s participation. Online nominations are encouraged with the specific achievements of the nominees included in the submissions.
  4. All information summited according to the criteria of the category, will make the nominee eligible as a candidate.
  5. Documents will be compiled and summited to the business school for research and complete evaluation on the information and financial statements. Dossiers are created and summited to the judging committee in each region.
  6. Participants will be judged by an independent panel of judges, appointed by the head judge.
  7. The judging panel in each region reviews the shortlist, looking at achievements, financial performance and key competitive indicators over the past twelve months, and then determine the finalists for each category in each region.
  8. The finalists for each region are announced at the launch that takes place Live on CNBC Africa.
  9. The finalists must be available on the day for on hand interviews and to present themselves before the judging committee.
  10. The winners for each region will be announced at the gala dinner in their region.
  11. The winners of each category in their respective regions will qualify to compete in the Finale’, this event marks the culmination of the 2018 All Africa Business Leaders Winners.
  12. The finalist has to be present to accept these awards at the respective award ceremonies.

ABN Productions pioneered the annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) in partnership with CNBC Africa 2011, after Founder and Vice Chairman of the ABN group Mr Rakesh Wahi attended the European business leader’s awards in 2009 and inspired by the recognition of European business leadership, decided to salute remarkable business leaders for their continuing commitment to excellence in Africa. In 2012 the awards grew into 3 regional segments, namely East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa – with a grand finale to bring all regional winners together and to celebrate an overall victor. The awards ceremony and gala dinner is presented in a half-hour show broadcast across 48 countries in Africa.

Now celebrating it’s 8th year, the awards have become synonymous with recognising the best in business leadership on the African continent and continue to grow in boldness and stature.

In Memoriam 2018

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As American writer and lawyer Albert Pike once said: “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

In 2018, the AABLA™ will once again remember those business leaders who have lead the way, not just for their organization’s but have moved Africa forward – sadly, these visionaries have passed away between November 2017 and November 2018, leaving behind a legacy.

The “In Memoriam” segment is the most moving part of the AABLA™ Finale but is also the toughest to produce. Business Leaders who would make it into the AABLA™ Finale “In Memoriam” segment, who have been from an African country and have been the Founder, Chairman or CEO of an organization that was notable in a country or multiple territories.

The AABLA™ welcomes submissions to the “In Memoriam” segment of the Finale. Please take a moment to fill out the form and one of the AABLA™ production team will contact you to assist you further with your submission.

in Memoriam form

Nominate a late African business leader

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Winners

  • 2016 Winners

    2016 Finale Winners

    All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year

    Darshan Chandaria
    Company:
    Director and CEO of Chandaria Group

    All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year

    Stephen Saad
    Company:
    Group CEO of Aspen Pharmacare

    All Africa Business Woman of the Year

    Sola David-Borha
    Company:
    CEO Stanbic IBTC Holdings

    All Africa Innovator of the Year

    Bright Simons
    Company:
    President of mPedigree Network

    All Africa Industrialist of the Year

    Abdul Samad Rabiu
    Company:
    Founder of Bua Group

    All Africa Company of the Year

    Discovery

    All Africa Business Leader of the Year

    Adrian Gore
    Company:
    Founder and CEO of Discovery

    All Africa Philanthropist of the Year

    Aliko Dangote
    Company:
    Founder of the Dangote Group

    All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award

    Brian Joffe
    Company:
    Founder of Bid Corporation
  • 2017 Winners

    2017 All Africa Winners

    All Africa Business Leader of the Year

    Herbert Wigwe
    Company:
    Access Bank PLC, CEO

    All Africa Business Woman of the Year

    Oluwatoyin Sanni
    Company:
    United Capital PLC, Group CEO

    All Africa Company of the Year

    Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd

    All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year

    Ivan Saltzman & Lynette Saltzman
    Company:
    Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Founders

    All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year

    Alloysius Attah
    Company:
    Farmerline, CEO

    All Africa Innovator of the Year

    James Steere & Kate Thiers Steere
    Company:
    I-Drop Water, Founders

    All Africa Industrialist of the Year

    General Thembinkosi Mthembu
    Company:
    Mthembu Tissue Converting, Founder

    All Africa Lifetime Philanthropist of the Year

    Jannie Mouton
    Company:
    PSG Group, Founder & Chairman

    All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr. Samuel Motsuenyane
    Company:
    Dr. Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation


    2017 Southern Africa Winners

    Young Business Leader of The Year

    Sylvester Chauke
    Company:
    Founder and Chief Architect, DNA Brand Architects

    Entrepreneur of The Year

    Ivan and Lynette Saltzman
    Company:
    Founders, Dis-Chem Pharmacies

    Business Woman of the Year

    Yolisa Phahle
    Company:
    CEO, M-NET

    Innovator of the Year

    James Steere
    Company:
    Co-Founder, I-Drop Water

    Company of the Year

    Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd

    Business Leader of the Year

    Khalid Abdulla
    Company:
    Group CEO, African Equity Empowerment Investments

    Philanthropist of the Year

    Jannie Mouton
    Company:
    Founder and Chairman, PSG Group

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr Samuel Motsuenyane
    Company:
    Founder , Dr. Sam Motsuenyane Rural Development Foundation


    2017 West Africa Winners

    Young Business Leader of The Year

    Alloysius Attah
    Company:
    Farmerline, Co-Founder and CEO

    Entrepreneur of The Year

    Mustapha Njie
    Company:
    TAF Africa Homes, CEO

    Business Woman of the Year

    Oluwatoyin Sanni
    Company:
    United Capital Group, Group CEO

    Company of the Year

    Guaranty Trust Bank

    Business Leader of the Year

    Herbert Wigwe
    Company:
    Access Bank, CEO


    2017 East Africa Winners


    Young Business Leader of The Year

    Jennifer Bash
    Company:
    (AKTZ)Alaska Tanzania Industries, CEO

    Entrepreneur of The Year

    Maida Waziri
    Company:
    IBRA Africa, CEO

    Business Woman of the Year

    Fatma Riyami Diwani
    Company:
    NatureRipe Kilimanjaro, Managing Director

    Company of the Year

    Chandaria Industries Ltd

    Business Leader of the Year

    Joshua Oigara
    Company:
    Kenya Commercial Bank, Group CEO

    Innovator of the Year

    Godfrey Magila
    Company:
    Magilatech Co, Founder and CEO

    Industrialist of the Year

    Jean De Dieu Kagabo
    Company:
    Soft Group, CEO

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Kirit Patel
    Company:
    RAMCO Group, Founder and Chairman

Judges Panel

  • Judges Panel - 2017

    Judges Panel - 2017

    team member

    Chris Bishop is the managing editor of Forbes Africa, which launched in October 2011. He has spent 33 years in journalism. He has tackled...

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    Chris Bishop-Head Judge
    Managing Editor of Forbes Africa
    team member

    Jonathan Foster-Pedley is the dean and director of Henley Business School, South Africa. He is an education designer, academic, coach, learning facilitator and...

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    Jonathan Foster-Pedley
    Dean and Director of Henley Business School, S.A
    team member

    Postgraduate Diploma in Management and a Masters in Management, she was previously Executive Director at...

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    Khanyisile Thandiwe KWEYAMA
    Chairperson of Brand South Africa
    team member

    Cassim “Cas” Coovadia is the Managing Director of the Banking Association South Africa. Coovadia has been the Senior General Manager at ...

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    Cassim Coovadia
    Managing Director of The Banking Association South Africa
    team member

    Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and Chairman of Rothschild (South Africa) from 2009 to date. Deputy Chairman of...

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    Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu
    Chancellor of the University of Pretoria
    team member

    I was the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) from 1st January 1997 until the 31st December 2011, at which date...

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    Russell Loubser
    Director of Strate LTD
    team member

    Kate is an accomplished business woman with a number of academic qualifications which includes a Masters in Law. She began her career in legal but quickly moved into...

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    Kate Moodley
    Franchise Director at Discovery LTD
    team member

    Biola is an African media expert who has served for the likes of (MNET) as Managing Director. Biola was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women...

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    Biola Alabi
    Founder & Managing Partner Biola Alabi Media
    team member

    Ike has over 25 years of investment banking experience involving strategic advisory in corporate finance including mergers & acquisitions project, structured finance ...

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    Ike Chioke
    Group Managing Director, Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited.
    team member

    About Frederic van de Vyver

    Frederic, a Belgian national, has 15 years’ experience in the media Industry in Africa...

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    Frederic van de Vyver
    Head, Africa Business News Nigeria
    team member

    Francis is also a member of the PwC Africa Governance Board. After graduating from Makerere University...

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    Francis Kamulegeya -Head Judge
    Country Senior Partner of PwC Uganda
    team member

    A long term experienced Development Consultant with a global presence, exercising good governance in both private and public sector development...

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    Martha Daud Luleka
    Business Development Senior Consultant of FoodBev International Consulting
    team member

    Professor Nshuti Manasseh is a Professor of Finance. He holds a PhD in Finance from Aberdeen University, UK, a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting...

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    Prof. Nshuti Manasseh
    Professor of Finance of the University of Kigali.
    team member

    Foluso Phillips is a qualified Industrial Economist, a chartered Management Accountant of the U.K., and a chartered Accountant of Nigeria....

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    Foluso Phillips
    Executive Chairman, Phillips Consulting Group.
    team member

    Bismarck Rewane is an Economist, trained at the University of Ibadan, he commenced his banking career at Barclays Bank International...

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    Bismarck Rewane-Head Judge
    Managing Director & Chief Executive of Financial Derivatives Company Limited

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