2 Nigerian top executives shortlisted for 2018 Africa CEO award

AFRICA CEO FORUM would award executives whose strategies and performance have contributed most to the momentum of Africa’s growth

Jim Ovia founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc and Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder and Chairman, BUA Group were among the top leaders whose strategies and performance have contributed most to the momentum of Africa’s growth over the past year.

The Award ceremony, in its sixth consecutive year, will recognise the leaders, companies and investors at the AFRICA CEO FORUM scheduled to hold March 26 to March 27, 2018, in Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire.

The awards also include African Company of Year, Private Equity Investor of the Year, Most Promising Company of the Year, CSR Strategy of the Year among others.

The other shortlisted CEO for the 2018 edition of the award includes James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank, Mohamed El-Kettani, CEO, Attijariwafa Bank, Kate Kanyi Tometi Fotso, CEO, Telcar Cocoa, Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman, Econet Group and Nadia Fettah, MD, Saham Finances.

"In 2018, there is an injection of innovation in the AFRICA CEO FORUM Awards with the launch of the Most Promising Company of the Year award which turns the spotlight on the continent’s startups."

"To win this award, five young companies at the forefront of innovation will present their projects to a jury comprising specialist investors (IFC, TLCom and Omidyar)."

"These are Morocco’s Omniup, which offers free WiFi access once an advertisement has been viewed; Senegal’s InTouch, which has developed a mobile money platform; Kenya’s Twiga Foods, which connects farmers and vendors for the sale of fresh produce; Kenya’s Africa’sTalking Ltd, which offers communication services (SMS and voice APIs, etc.) and Nigeria’s Thrive Agric, which offers, among other things, technological solutions to improve agricultural yields," according to a statement posted on its website.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM, the world's largest gathering of the African private sector is expected to have more than 1,200 key figures and decision-makers from industry, finance and politics from 60 countries in attendance.

With its chosen theme, "African Champions: Powering Competitiveness", the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2018 aims to enable its participants to formulate action plans for the transformation of the continent's large companies.

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