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Africa's top business leaders honoured

23 September 2013, 08:19

New York - Ethiopian Airlines scooped the prize for African Business of the Year at a ceremony organised by African Business magazine.

The judges said the airline has a unique business model and has created a profitable and growing franchise in what are tough times in the aviation industry.

The presentation ceremony of the African Business Awards 2013 was held at the Mandarin Oriental New York on September 20.

The awards preceded the African Leadership Forum, a gathering of African leaders to discuss issues of leadership within an African context.

Guests included many high profile policy makers and businesspersons, who are also in New York for the UN general assembly.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Togolese businessperson Gervais Koffi Djondo, president of Asky Airlines.

He is one of the founders of the pan-African banking group Ecobank and also the founder of the West African regional airline Asky.

He was rewarded for dedicating his life to creating regional giants to enhance pan-African trade and regional integration.

The Nigerian banker, investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu received the African Business Icon award, an award given to an individual who has helped to transform the business landscape through their work.

The much coveted Business Leader of the Year award went to Edward Boateng, CEO of Global Media Alliance in Ghana.

In a very short time this entrepreneur has created an influential media group in his home country Ghana. He has put in place best business practices with an emphasis on sustainability, human capital and the environment.

Standard Chartered's Nigerian managing director Bola Adesola was the winner of the Outstanding Woman in Business category.

The award for innovation was given to the newly launched Kenyan project, Mawingu.

The project leverages innovative new wireless technologies utilising unused TV band spectrum (TV white spaces) and solar powered base stations to deliver nationwide broadband access.

The award for Good Corporate Governance went to the Abraaj Group of the UAE.


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