After the nomination for the award 2 weeks ago, Thuli Madonsela finally won Forbes Africa’s Person Of The Year.
Back in October, the powerful South African amazon was named as one of the world’s 5 extraordinary women by the Tällberg Foundation.
It is worth mentioning that in 2014 also, the South African leader was equally named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
Thuli is the former Public Protector of South Africa. She served in that capacity from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016.
She’s particularly known for her bold investigation into the misappropriation of public funds by South African President Zuma.
Forbes Africa’s Person Of The Year award is an annual award that is accredited to the most influential business person on the continent.
For 2016, the nominees included – President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Thuli Nomkhosi Madonsela, President John Pombe Magufuli, Micheal Le Roux, the founder of Capitec Bank, South Africa and the people of Rwanda.
Of them all, Thuli emerged Forbes Africa’s person of the year for 2016.
According to Forbes, she won the award because of her bravery “in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore”.
The first winner of the Person of the Year award was former Nigeria Central Bank governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi‚ now Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
Thuli Madonsela is the 6th winner of the award since its inception in 2011.
Other recipients of the award include – James Mwangi‚ chief executive of Equity Bank‚ Kenya for 2012; Akinwumi Adesina‚ the Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria and now head of the African Development Bank for 2013; Aliko Dangote‚ chairperson and chief executive of the Dangote Group‚ Nigeria for 2014; and Mohammed Dewji‚ chief executive of MeTL Group‚ Tanzania for 2015.