Coming soon: All Africa Business Leaders’ Awards
In a move that emphasizes the importance of Africa among emerging economies, the All Africa Business Leader Awards (AABLA) is holding its East African chapter to recognize African business visionaries at a glittering awards ceremony to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, later this evening.
Already in its second year, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa awards honour business leaders from East, West and Southern Africa across five categories: Business Leader of the Year 2013, Business Woman of the Year 2013, Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Young Business Leader of the Year 2013 and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners of the regional awards will be invited to the final awards ceremony to be held in Durban, South Africa on November 8.
Mary Waceke Muia, the chief judge of the East Africa round of the AABLA awards, said in the official statement by AABLA over the weekend that there has been a positive reception of the awards, with a marked increase in the number of entries received from East Africa, especially in the Business Woman of the Year and Young Business Leader of the Year categories.
“The quality of entries has greatly improved compared to last year, which is a good indicator of the quality of leadership in East Africa,” she added.
Twelve finalists are competing for top honours at the AABLA awards ceremony that is scheduled to take place at the Serena Hotel later today.
James Gatera, chief executive officer, Bank of Kigali, Jonathan Ciano, the Uchumi Supermarkets chief executive officer and group managing director and Duncan Kibui, chief executive officer, Chase Bank Kenya, are three important captains of industry who are contesting for the Business Leader of the Year award.
For the Business Woman of the Year Award, nominees include Joanne Mwangi, founder and chief executive officer of Professional Marketing Services Group, Nasim Devji, chief executive officer, Diamond Trust Bank Group and Priya Budhabatti, the head of human resources at Craft Silicon Kenya ICT and Craft Silicon Foundation Kenya.
The Entrepreneur of the Year award will witness a close contest between Peter Nduati, the founder and chief executive officer of Resolution Health East Africa Limited, Zafrullah Khan, managing director, Chase Bank Group and Patrick Bitature, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Simba Telecoms Group of Companies, East Africa.
Gachao Kiuna, Trans-Century Group chief executive officer and managing director, Kamal Budhabatti, the founder and chief executive officer of Craft Silicon ICT Kenya, and Joshua Oigara, chief executive officer at the Kenya Commercial Bank Group, are vying for the Young Business Leader of the Year Award.
Image: Mary Waceke Muia, the chief judge of the East Africa round of the AABLA awards, Source:www.aabla2012.com
Source: allAfrica.com; Official website of the AABLA awards