Monday, 29 October 2012


CNBC Africa, the continent’s biggest business news television channel, hosted the second annual ‘All Africa Business Leader Award’s (AABLA) on Thursday 25, October.

Kenya’s Equity Bank CEO, James Mwangi, walked away with the Business Leader of the year prize. It’s the second high profile recognition for the Kenyan businessman, after he won the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year in June.

The awards, organised by ABN Productions had took place at the Vodadome in Midrand, South Africa. DStv audiences will be able to see the broadcast of the awards on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 on CNBC Africa at 10pm. The event was hosted by senior CNBC Africa anchor, Alishia Seckam and former ‘Top Billing’ presenter, Nico Panagio. It was attended by captains of industry and government leaders including MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile, who was the key note speaker.

“I have founded these awards in 2011 as a derivative of the Business Leaders Awards that are held by CNBC all over the world. These awards are a tribute to those Captains of Industry who have made a qualitative difference to the companies, industries and communities that they serve”, said Rakesh Wahi, Founder of the ABN Group.

“On behalf of the ABN Group, I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists for their superb work, they are promoting African leadership that will eventually create and preserve the wealth and glory that belongs to its people”, he said.

The AABLA 2012 winners in the different categories are:

Business Leader of The Year sponsored by Telkom: James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank

Entrepreneur of The Year sponsored by the IDC: Jannie Mouton, CEO, PSG Group

Business Woman of the Year: Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One Cable Company

Young Business Leader of The Year: Jack Kayonga, MD, Rwanda Development Bank

Lifetime Achievement Award: Manu Chandaria , Comcraft

The Forbes Africa Advertising Leader of the Year: Bharat Thakrar, CEO, Scangroup

Forbes Africa Agency Network of the Year:
Ogilvy & Mather Africa

“The AABLAs are an important calendar item in our coverage of African business and markets,’’ said Godfrey Mutizwa, CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor.

“The winners once again demonstrate the quality and depth of business leadership across the continent, and we look forward to continuing to showcase Africa’s best,” he said.

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