Rwandan President, Kagame, bags top African award

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame has been named the All Africa African of the Year at the 2018 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) Grand Finale on November 29th at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Now celebrating its 8th year, the AABLA, in partnership with CNBC Africa, is an empowerment driven, premium event, intended to distinguish and uphold the achievements of inspiring corporate front-runners on our Pan-African continent.

“The AABLA distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses. Our huge congratulations go out to the All Africa winners and finalists of this year’s awards who all exemplify the best in African leadership. The overall winners in each category epitomise 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,” said Rakesh Wahi, co-founder, ABN Group.

The event was attended by some of the biggest names in African business, including Gauteng Premier David Makhura who delivered the keynote address and the iconic Sol Kerzner who received the Lifetime Achievement Award – a highlight of the evening.

Throughout the evening, over 400 guests were entertained by the Ndlovu Youth Choir, who performed a number of local songs including a Zulu rendition of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’.

The team of judges from East, West and Southern Africa led by Sam Bhembe, CNBC Africa Non-Executive Director, evaluated the shortlisted finalists to determine the overall category winners.

Full list of AABLA 2018 All AFRICA Winners:

All Africa Business Leader of the Year

Peter Mountford

Super Group, CEO

All Africa Business Woman of the Year

Nomkhita Nqweni

ABSA Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance, CEO

All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year

Thembalihle Baloyi

Discovery Insure, Founder and Executive Director

All Africa Industrialist of the Year

Quinton Uren Jendamark Automation, Managing Director

All Africa Company of the Year

Ethiopian Airlines

All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year

Dr. Elikem Tamaklo

Nyaho Medical Centre, Managing Director

All Africa Innovator of the Year

James Paterson & Benjamin Meltzer

Aerobotics, Co-founders 

All Africa Philanthropist of the Year

Sir Donald Gordon

Donald Gordon Foundation, Founder

All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award

Solomon Kerzner

All Africa African of the Year

His Excellency Paul Kagame

Republic of Rwanda, President