The winners of the West African round of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards were announced at an ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria on 28 August 2013.
The West African winners will go on to compete against the boldest business innovators from around the continent in the final to be held later this year for the coveted title of Africa’s most respected pioneer in their chosen field.
Identifying game-changing business leaders in a variety of categories, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards recognise the diversity of the African business landscape, and the Lagos finals celebrated those who have forged and helped shape the West African business world.
The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Sim Shagaya, the Founder and CEO of konga.com, Nigeria’s largest online shopping portal. Since its beginning in 2012, konga.com offers low prices and fast delivery services on 1000s of products nationwide.
Shagaya was up against Pagatech Founder and CEO, Tayo Oviosu, and Founder and CEO of Voodoo Group, Fabrice Sawégnon.
Biola Alabi, Managing Director of Mnet Africa, was celebrated as West Africa’s Businesswoman of the Year. Alabi has pioneered the expansion of the channel throughout the African continent, and is a respected and powerful leader in her field.
Her contenders were Stanbic ITBC Holdings CEO Sola David-Borha, and Arunmah Oteh, the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria.
The winner of the West Africa Young Business Leader went to the ground-breaking CEO and Co-founder of Nollywood’s lauded distribution portal, iROKO TV, Jason Njoku.
He was up against the founder and MD of wakanow.com, Obinna Ralph Ekezie, another young and dynamic innovator in West African business.
The West Africa Business Leader of the Year category saw three seasoned business tycoons competing for the coveted title, which was ultimately awarded to Jean-Louis Ekra, chairman and President of the African Export-Import Bank.
Ekra competed against Segun Agbaje, the MD of Guaranty Trust Bank and Andrew Alli, the President and CEO of Africa Finance Corporation.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honoured Dr Pascal G Dozie, founder, former chairman and CEO of Diamond Bank PLC, one of the top 10 banks in Nigeria, which is dually listed on the Nigeria and London Stock Exchanges.
Dozie is currently the chairman of MTN Nigeria and a founding partner of Africa Capital Alliance, the first Nigerian private equity fund manager.
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards travel next to Kigali, Rwanda, for the East African regional round on 9 September, before moving to Johannesburg 10 days later for the Southern African round.
The glittering finale will take place in Durban, South Africa, on the 8th of November, as the definitive leaders of African business are named and applauded for their contribution to the continent’s success.