African Business Leadership Award

Date: 25 May 2010
Room: Hotel Ivoire, Patinoire
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Award Winner

  • To be announced during the ceremony


  • Dr. Donald KABERUKA, President, African Development Bank


  • Mr. Papa Madiaw NDIAYE, CEO, African Finance & Investment Group (AFIG)


  • Mrs. Monira DIALLO, African Finance and Investment Group (AFIG)

For many years, Africa was starved of home-grown visionaries. Over time, the Continent started to be blessed with quite a few of them. It is reassuring to note that, today, Africa enjoys the emergence of a  growing group of “A to Z visionaries”, i.e., those who not only develop a vision, organize the resources to implement it, but most importantly are ultimately successful in their actions. The challenge now resides in turning vision into action for economic growth and sustainable development. These business leaders must be recognized by Africans and in Africa.

The award is therefore established to honor outstanding contributions in African Business and Private  Sector Development. The prize is awarded annually by a group of African private sector companies and  presented by the President of the African Development Bank during the African Development Bank Annual Meetings.

The African Business Leadership Award supports and directs attention to efforts made to benefit  customers, shareholders, employees, governments, as well as all the economic actors who interact within any field related to the African private sector. It is to provide an example to African businessmen and women so they may be inspired to do their part in building African companies ready to compete in the global market place.

2009 was the first year of the Award. It was held on May, 10 in Dakar, Senegal, during the annual Meetings of the African Development Bank and rewarded Mrs. Louisa Madjako Mojela, a South African business woman, Managing Director of the Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Ltd. (WIPHOLD). The ceremony was presided over by Dr, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. The event was a great success as it achieved its goal to reward an individual’s action as well as her lifetime of achievements which were readily recognized by all. Moreover, the ceremony was attended by a large number of high profile guests, and co-sponsored by several leading African companies represented  byMrs. Evelyne Tall (Regional Director of Ecobank), Mr. Douglas Munatsi (CEO of ABC Holding) andMr. Andrew Alli (CEO of Africa Finance Corporation).

The AfDB has a unique vantage point: its involvement into the African private sector and the resources it deploys to provide an enabling environment for the growth of the African private sector by supporting African governments with financial and technical support.

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