Every year, the influential US-based business website Forbes celebrates ‘the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by.’
So, are you all set to know the name of the 2013 Africa Person of the Year? Every year, the influential US-based business website Forbes celebrates ‘the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by.’
If you don’t want to just be a passive member of the audience, wait, there’s more! The awards, to be held at the beginning of December, are preceded by an official voting – open to the public – to select the individual you deem most worthy of the Person of the Year title.
Forbes Africa has welcomed the participation of the public in an event that is fast becoming a highly anticipated and supremely momentous occasion in Africa.
It appears that Nigerians are likely to win the day at the awards ceremony, slated to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, as the shortlist displayed on Forbes Africa page is completely dominated by Nigerians.
Chris Bishop, the managing editor of Forbes Africa magazine, declared that each year, the media house feels excited about deciding the Forbes Africa Person of the Year. The award seeks to honour the big hitters of the continent who are making a difference in people’s lives, he added. He also noted that in doing so, the business publication hopes it would serve as an inspiration to others.
Now, for the famous shortlist of an even more famous event. Three Nigerians, one South African and one Zimbabwean find mention on the star-studded list, with one of them, the South African mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, planning on giving away more than half his fortune over the next five years.
The only other non-Nigerian on the list, Strive Masiyiwa, is the founder of global telecommunications group, Econet Wireless. He is also an active philanthropist and, through the Capernaum Trust, educates tens of thousands of Zimbabwean orphans.
The next three slots have been firmly occupied by the enterprising Nigerians, with the most famous one of them all being Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man. His net worth has significantly increased on the back of his continued business success, allowing him to better the lives of millions.
Next up is Akinwunmi Adesina, who is Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and envisions a Nigeria that is a self-sustaining, food-producing nation. To this end, he plans to register 20 million farmers by 2015.
Rounding up the trio of famous Nigerians is Jim Ovia, who established the Zenith Bank Group in 1990. It may be noted that the banking group is now West Africa’s second largest financial services provider. Ovia’s new found focus is helping spur on Africa’s tech entrepreneurs and ensure that they have resources to succeed in an intensely competitive field.