Forbes Africa, the continent’s first-ever international business publication localized for the African executive, today announced that it has invited its readers and social media audience to help narrow down a shortlist for the 2013 Person of the Year, due to take place in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of November this year.
The Person of the Year Awards has, since its inception two years ago, attracted the highest calibre of nominees from across the continent. The awards celebrate ‘the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by’ and Forbes Africa has welcomed the participation of the public in what is fast becoming one of the most momentous and anticipated annual events in Africa.
Commenting on the awards, was Chris Bishop, Forbes Africa’s editor, “Every year, people across Africa look forward to the Forbes Africa Person of the Year Awards. We think this year will be no different. The great thing for me as a journalist is that people have a chance to nominate and vote for the Person of the Year online, which always creates excitement and interaction with our growing army of readers.”
The five finalists for the Forbes Africa Person of The Year 2012 included: Aliko Dangote (founder and president, Dangote Group), James Mwangi (chief executive officer and managing director, Equity Bank, Kenya), Tony Elumelu (founder and chairperson, Heirs Holdings and Tony Elumelu Foundation), Joyce Banda (President of Malawi) and Steven Saad (co-founder, Aspen Pharmaceuticals). James Mwangi was announced as the winner of the Person of The Year 2012 and commented that “All Africans should brace up and take up the challenge of improving Africa as our generation could go into history as those that changed the African continent for good.
Following suggestions from the public, the top five most voted for candidates will be posted online in a poll and comprise a portion of what will be the judges of the Person of the Year Awards’ final decision.
To nominate who you think should be Person of the Year 2013, please email Forbes Africa at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of who you think should be Person of The Year in the subject line with a 50-100 word motivation. Nominations close on 30 September.