Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man by far has emerged the winner for Forbes Africa Person Of The Year Award.
Dangote was nominated alongside other African greats such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, world-renowned Nigerian author who penned Half a Yellow Sun – made into a Hollywood movie. She is also known for her “We Should All Be Feminists” TED Talk; Thuli Madonsela, a South African advocate and the nation’s Public Protector. She helped draft the country’s constitution in 1994 and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People this year; Donald Kaberuka, a Rwandan economist and the president of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka has ushered in significant change for the continent having been at the helm of the AfDB for almost 10 years; Arunma Oteh, who was appointed the director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010. She is responsible for the regulation of the country’s capital markets, which includes the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Nigeria has mostly dominated the award with previous winners being Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2011; James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank, Kenya in 2012; and Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria in 2013 and now Dangote.
Dangote expressed his appreciation on Twitter and dedicated his award to Nigeria.
— Aliko Dangote (@AlikoDangote) December 4, 2014