Mrs. Funke Opeke
Prominent Nigerians, including Mrs. Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne Cable Company and late Tayo Aderinokun (former MD, GTBank), have been nominated by CNBC AFRICA, for this year’s All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA). The award, which is being celebrated this year in the different regions of the continent, will honor winners from West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. While Mrs. Opeke was nominated for Business Woman of the Year, the late Aderinokun was nominated posthumously for Lifetime Achievement Award. Other Nigerians are also in the running to pick awards from different categories.
Rakesh Wahi, the founder of the ABN Group, said: “All Africa Business Leader Awards is a recognition and tribute to African Business Leaders who have made a qualitative and quantitative difference to the companies, industries and communities that they serve. Supported by the CNBC brand and through an exhaust ive process of diligence by KPMG, these awards will be the most coveted in the African Continent.” The finale promises to be a memorable one, with a line-up of activities set to captivate its audience. This includes entertainment from ‘The Three Afro Tenors’ and ‘Magdalene Minaar’.
Other finalists nominated in other categories are Business Leader of The Year sponsored by Telkom: Phakamani Hadebe, CEO, Landbank, James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank and Mitchelle Elegbe, CEO/ MD, Interswitch.
In the Entrepreneur of The Year sponsored by the IDC: Jannie Mouton, CEO, PSG Group, Vimal Shah, CEO, Bidco Group and Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, CEO & President, Nestoil were nominated. On the Young Business Leader of The Year Category Jack Kayonga, MD, Rwanda Development Bank and Elikem Nutifafa, MD, Oxford and Beaumont, were nominated Jennifer Barassa, CEO, Top Image Ltd, was nominated alongside Funke Opeke in the Business Woman of the Year category while Lauritz Dippenaar, Non-Executive Chairman, Firstrand and Manu Chandaria, Comcraft were nominated alongside Tayo Aderinokun (Former MD, GTBank) for the Lifetime Achievement Award.