2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award Nominees

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The nominees for the 2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year award have been announced.

The Forbes Africa Person Of The Year award is an annual award that is accredited to the most influential business person on the continent for the year.

This year’s list features two African presidents, a civil servant, an outstanding business man, and the citizens of a country.

Forbes describes the event as “one of the most momentous and anticipated annual events in Africa.”

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See more  about the nominees below:

Michiel Le Roux

2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award Nominees

Le Roux is the founder of Capitec Bank, a commercial bank in South Africa. He’s nominated for his part in making the bank more accessible to South Africans.

Thuli Madonsela

2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award Nominees

Madonsela is another South African on the list. She is the former Public Protector of the country. She’s particularly known for her bold  investigation into the misappropriation of public funds by South African President Zuma.



President John Pombe Magufuli

2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award Nominees

President Magufuli has ruled Tanzania since 2015. Upon assumption of office he implemented some precise reforms to tackle the country’s economic woes, earning him the nickname, “the bulldozer “.

President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim 

2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award Nominees

Ameenah Gurib is the president of Mauritius and a biodiversity scientist, who has been President since 2015. She has contributed immensely to the protection of Mauritius’ environment.

The People of Rwanda

2016 Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award Nominees

The people of Rwanda were also nominated for their reforms and resilience in promoting gender equality.

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The award, which began in 2011, is currently in its sixth year. Past winners include; Former Nigerian Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; James Mwangi, the CEO of Equity bank in Kenya; Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and rural development for Nigeria; Aliko Dangote, Chairman and CEO of Dangote group; Mohammed Dewji, CEO of MeTL Group.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 17th in Nairobi, Kenya.

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