According to the magazine, Kagame won as an African whose activities, policies and actions have contributed to ‘creating jobs and wealth creation; promotion, defense and delivering of democratic values; and the promotion of Africa’s image globally.
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards committee was unveiling the winners for different categories in the just concluded polls.
The winners who will be decorated on the 24th February 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, were unveiled by the Publisher of the Magazine Dr. Ken Giami, at the UK Head Office of the group, after the awards committee working with the editorial team concluded the collation of both online and offline votes and submissions from over one million subscribers and followership base of the publication.
Below are the winners:
African of the Year 2017:
H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda – Winner
African Female Leader of the Year 2017:
1. Bethlehem Tilahum Alemu, Founder soleRebels, Ethiopia – Co-Winner
2. Ms. Suzan Mashibe, Executive Director, Tanjet Aviation, Tanzania – Co-Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2017-Educational Development
Strive Masayiwa, Founder Econet, Zimbabwe – Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Employment Generation
Kwame Nana Bediako, President, Founder & CEO, Petronia Ghana – Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Political Leadership
Marc Ravalomanana, Former President of Madagascar – Winner
ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society
Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft Group, Kenya – Winner
ALM Young Person of the Year 2017
Joel Macharia, Founder / CEO, Abacus Kenya- Winner
According to the magazine, the total online votes cast by Africans from all around the world jumped to 288,958 from 85,000 the previous year and offline submissions increased by over 400%.
In addition to the winners, a special commendation citation shall be presented to the most distinguished runners up which includes Linah Mohohlo, Governor, Bank of Botwana; Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South Africa & African Leadership University, Mauritius; and Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings Nigeria.
The Publisher of the Magazine, Ken Giami, reiterated the group’s position that all nominees in the various categories are all winners, given their individual contributions to the continent’s development.
In his words, “to be chosen out of the over 1.2 billion people on the continent, speaks volumes.” He further stated that “the nominees have elevated and redefined benchmarks of service to the humanity on the continent. They are all true lovers of Africa, contributing passionately, sometimes imperfectly, but all determined to impacting society, making Africa a better place for its people.”
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year which is in its 6th run, is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who are considered to have blazed the trail in the year under review.
A shortlist of nominees are selected from results gathered via a call for nomination – traditionally promoted via a paid online and offline campaigns across the continent, Europe, and the Americas. The call for nomination is the first step in a multi-phased process.
Remarkably this year, the selection committee considered, among others, three key themes – Africans whose activities, policies and actions have contributed to ‘creating jobs and wealth creation; promotion, defense and delivering of democratic values; and the promotion of Africa’s image globally’; in arriving at their decisions.