President Paul Kagame has been named African of the Year 2017 by the African Leadership Magazine. The nomination was the result of both online and offline voting, with the former in itself garnering nearly 300,000 votes. The African of the Year Awards also included nominations in multiple other categories.

“To be chosen out of the over 1.2 billion people on the continent, speaks volumes,” said the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Ken Giami. “The nominees have elevated and redefined benchmarks of service to the humanity on the continent. They are all true lovers of Africa, contributing passionately, sometimes imperfectly, but all determined to impacting society, making Africa a better place for its people. ”

He also reiterated the group’s position that all nominees in the various categories are all winners, given their individual contributions to the continent’s growth and development.

The African Leadership Magazine’s Persons of the Year Awards, which is in its 6th edition, is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who are considered to have blazed the trail in the year under review.

Past recipients of the prestigious African Person of the Year Awards have included Dr. Mo Ibrahim, founder, Ibrahim Prize for Leadership, 2010; Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 2011; H.E. Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria 2012; Xavier Luc-Duval, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius & Minister of Finance (2013) H.E. President Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, 2014; His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria, 2015; Mr. Mo Dewji, CEO, MeTL, Tanzania, 2016.

The winners will be decorated on the 24th February in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The winners are for 2017 are:

African of the Year 2017:

H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda – Winner

African Female Leader of the Year 2017:

1.Bethlehem Tilahum Alemu, Founder soleRebels, Ethiopia – Co-Winner

2. Ms. Suzan Mashibe, Executive Director, Tanjet Aviation, Tanzania – Co-Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2017-Educational Development

Strive Masayiwa, Founder Econet, Zimbabwe – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Employment Generation

Kwame Nana Bediako, President, Founder & CEO, Petronia Ghana – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Political Leadership

Marc Ravalomanana, Former President of Madagascar – Winner

ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society

Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft Group, Kenya – Winner

ALM Young Person of the Year 2017

Joel Macharia, Founder / CEO, Abacus Kenya- Winner

In addition to the winners, a special Commendation citation shall be presented to the most distinguished runners up, which includes Linah Mohohlo, Governor, Bank of Botwana; Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South Africa & African Leadership University, Mauritius; and Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings Nigeria.

Source: Hope Magazine