Finalists for this year’s All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) have been announced. The awards, being held in partnership with CNBC Africa will travel to East, West and Southern Africa, to recognise the leaders in business across the continent.

The AABLA recognises bold Africa’s leaders and change-makers of the field of business cutting across East, West and Southern Africa.

The regional events will be staged in Kigali on September 8, Johannesburg September 29 and Lagos October 20 with the Grande Finale taking place in Johannesburg on November 11.

The winners of each region will go through to the Finale to crown an All Africa winner per category.

Out of over a hundred applications received, about forty-five applicants were shortlisted for the prestigious awards which has been running for the past six years.

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See the full list of nominees below in different categories:

 

  • Young Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa
    • Darshan Chandaria, Director and Group CEO of Chandaria Group
    • Trushar Khetia, Founder and CEO of Tria Group
    • Jean de Dieu Kagabo, Founder and CEO of Soft Group

 

  • Young Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa
    • Linda Olagunju, Founder and Managing Director at DLO Energy Resources
    • Jackie van Niekerk, CEO of Pivotal Property Fund
    • Siya Beyile, Founder of The Threaded Man

 

  • Young Business Leader of the Year – West Africa presented by Lancaster University Ghana and Transnational Education Africa
    • Tope Aroge, Managing Director of the Arog Bio Allied Agro Services
    • Seun and Seyi Abolaji, Founder’s and Managing Director’s of Wilson’s Juice Company
    • Uneku Atawodi, Founder of Bamboo Green Concepts

 

  • Entrepreneur of the Year – East Africa
    • Ashok Shah, CEO of APA Insurance
    • Bimal Kantaria, Director of Elgon Kenya

 

  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Southern Africa
    • Stephen Saad, Group CEO of Aspen Pharmacare
    • Magda Wierzycka, CEO of Sygnia Asset Management
    • Mark and Brett Levy, Joint-CEO of Blue Label Telecoms

 

  • Entrepreneur of the Year – West Africa
    • Paul Orajiaka, is the Founder of Auldon
    • Wole Faroun, CEO of Netplus Advisory
    • Suleiman Yusuf, CEO of Blue Camel Energy

 

  • Business Women of the Year – East Africa
    • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder of soleRebels
    • Joseline Kateeba, Managing Director of Crest Foam

 

  • Business Women of the Year – Southern Africa
    • Lindani Dhlamini, CEO of SekelaXabiso
    • Monica Singer, CEO of Strate

 

  • Business Women of the Year – West Africa
    • Sola David-Borha, CEO of Stanbic IBTC Holdings
    • Udo Okonjo, CEO and Founder of Fine & Country West Africa
    • Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, CEO of Wecyclers

 

  • Innovator of the Year – East Africa
    • Danson Muchemi, Founder of Web Tribe
    • Patrick Buchana, Founder of AC Group
    • Ernest Kayinamura, CEO of Hexakomb

 

  • Innovator of the Year – Southern Africa
    • Thato Kgatlhanye, Founder of Rethaka
    • Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison, Founders of SPARK Schools

 

  • Innovator of the Year – West Africa
    • Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, CEO of Wecyclers
    • Bright Simons, President of mPedigree Network

 

  • Company of the Year – East Africa
    • APA Insurance
    • Bank of Kigali
    • National Microfinance Bank (NMB)

 

  • Company of the Year – Southern Africa
    • Discovery
    • Bidvest
    • Aspen Pharmacare

 

  • Company of the Year – West Africa
    • Dangote Group
    • LafargeHolcim
    • Nestlé Central & West Africa
    • Zenith Bank

 

  • Business Leader of the Year – East Africa presented by Bosch
    • Juliet Umutoni, Country Manager of DHL Express Rwanda
    • Egide Gatera, Chairman of Rwanda Mountain Tea
    • Fatima Abubakar, Country Manager of DHL Express Uganda

 

  • Business Leader of the Year – Southern Africa presented by Bosch
    • Adrian Gore, Founder and CEO of Discovery
    • Mike Brown, CEO of Nedbank

 

  • Business Leader of the Year – West Africa presented by Bosch
    • Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder of BUA Group
    • Issam Darwish, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of IHS Holding
    • John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile

 

 

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