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2012 AABLA finalists announced

CNBC Africa in partnership with ABN Productions has announced the finalists of the 2012 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA). The awards were rolled out regionally this year on the continent; including West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa respectively. The final ceremony will take place at the Vodadome in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday, 25 October 2012.
"AABLA is a recognition and tribute to African Business Leaders who have made a qualitative and quantitative difference to the companies, industries and communities that they serve. Supported by the CNBC brand and through an exhaustive process of diligence by KPMG, these awards will be the most coveted in the African Continent", said Rakesh Wahi, the founder of the ABN Group.


Finalists in the categories are (in no particular order):

Business Leader of The Year: sponsored by Telkom
  • Phakamani Hadebe, CEO, Landbank
  • James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank
  • Mitchelle Elegbe, CEO and MD, Interswitch

    Entrepreneur of The Year: sponsored by the IDC
  • Jannie Mouton, CEO, PSG Group
  • Vimal Shah, CEO, Bidco Group
  • Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, CEO and president, Nestoil

    Business Woman of the Year:

  • Jennifer Barassa, CEO, Top Image Ltd
  • Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One Cable Company

    Young Business Leader of The Year:

  • Jack Kayonga, MD, Rwanda Development Bank
  • Elikem Nutifafa MD, Oxford and Beaumont

    Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

  • Lauritz Dippenaar, non-executive chairman, Firstrand
  • Manu Chandaria , Comcraft
  • Tayo Aderinokun

    The finale is expected to be a memorable one, with a line-up of entertainment including 'The Three Afro Tenors' and 'Magdalene Minaar'.

    The grand finale will be broadcast on Tuesday, 30 October on CNBC Africa, DStv Channel 410.

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