African Business Awards – Aliko Dangote Leads The Pack

The shortlist of finalists for this year’s African Business Awards has been been determined. Contenders for the African Business of the Year Award are Bidco Oil Refineries, Citadel Capital, Dangote Group, Ecobank and Oando.


Up in the running for Business Leader of the Year are the following: Aliko Dangote, Dangote Group; Niza Juma, Jubilee Holdings; James Mwangi, Equity Bank; Phuthuma Freedom Nhleko, MTN Group; and Vimal Shah, Bidco Oil Refineries.


The full list of nominees of the  2011 Finalists

African Business of the Year

Bidco Oil Refineries, Kenya
Citadel Capital, Egypt
Dangote Group, Nigeria
Ecobank, Togo
Oando Plc, Nigeria



Best Corporate Social Responsibility

East African Breweries, Kenya
Microsoft, South Africa
Olam, Nigeria
Shanduka, South Africa
Tullow Oil, Uganda



Good Corporate Governance

Emerging Capital Partners, USA
First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria
Jubilee Holdings, Kenya
Nedbank, South Africa
Oando Plc, Nigeria



Award for Innovation

Gateway Communications, UK
GIZ, South Africa
mPedigree Network, Ghana
Nedbank Capital, South Africa
Syngenta, Kenya



Business Leader of the Year

Aliko Dangote
Dangote Group , Nigeria
Nizar Juma
Jubilee Holdings Ltd, Kenya
James Mwangi
Equity Bank , Kenya
Phuthuma Freedom Nhleko
MTN Group, South Africa
Vimal Shah
Bidco Oil Refineries, Kenya



Green Award of the Year

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Nigeria
Buchanan Renewables, Liberia
Enjo, South Africa
Manna Energy Ltd., Rwanda
Microsoft, South Africa



Investor of the Year

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Nigeria
Citadel Capital, Egypt
Etisalat, UAE
Renaissance Partners, Russia



Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year

Peju Adebajo
Mouka Ltd., Nigeria
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
soleRebels, Ethiopia
Stella Kilonzo
Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
Sandie Okoro
Barings Asset Management, UK
Evelyn Oputu
Bank of Industry, 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*
Creative Industry Award*


The winner for each category will be announced at the Awards ceremony on the 22nd June at the Landmark London Hotel.

Organised by African Business magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), the African Business Awards has become one of the most important annual events for Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs and those interested in business opportunities on the continent.  This annual event celebrates the numerous advances and outstanding achievements of African businesses and business leaders. It acknowledges the rapidly transforming business landscape in Africa by honouring entrepreneurial excellence, best business practices and by creating global visibility for African brands.

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