All Africa Business Leaders Awards

11th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) To Celebrate Exceptional Leaders In Sun City

The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA), is gearing up for its 11th annual gala evening, which is set to take place on 3 June 2023 in Sun City.


  • The prestigious awards ceremony celebrates exceptional leaders in various industries across the African continent.
  • The AABLA has gained recognition as a platform that honors individuals who break barriers and achieve great success.
  • This year, the Sandton based ABN Group, in partnership with CNBC Africa, will once again present this highly anticipated annual award, showcasing and paying tribute to Africa’s visionary business leaders.
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The King’s Ballroom in Sun City, South Africa, will be abuzz with leading industry voices from across the African continent and beyond. This gathering will mark the highly anticipated 11th edition of the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA), Africa’s most prominent premier business awards ceremony. Over the years, the AABLA has established itself as a renowned platform that recognizes and honors exceptional leaders from various industries who are pushing boundaries and achieving remarkable success in Africa.


What sets AABLA apart is not only its impressive list of nominees, the grandeur of the awards gala evening, or the distinguished alumni it has produced but also its esteemed partners. The event owes its success to the support of esteemed sponsors and partners who are also at the forefront of business leadership in their respective industries.


All Africa Business Leaders Awards
Long time AABLA Masters of Ceremonies, Fifi Peters and Alexander Leibner will be joined by East Africa’s Terryanne Chebet in Sun City for the prestigious event. Image: All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA)

Hosting the gala evening once more are media man and seasoned Master of Ceremonies, Alexander Leibner alongside award-winning financial journalist Fifi Peters and Terryanne Chebet, who’ll ensure the night of recognitions and celebrations will be one to remember. Alexander will be dressed by greater Sandton tailor, Frank Bespoke, in a selection of custom bespoke suits.


The AABLA judging committee, led by Sam Bhembe, Founding Director of the ABN Group, recently revealed the finalists for the 11th All Africa Business Leaders Awards. The committee received numerous nominations for this year’s awards, and after a rigorous vetting process, the top candidates were selected for evaluation by the judges.


To ensure the integrity of the AABLA, the entries, vetting process, and final deliberations were audited by the entry and validation partner, SNG Grant Thornton, who will also oversee the proceedings during the gala evening.


The 2023 Category Finalists for the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) are as follows:


All Africa Innovator of the Year:

  • Robert Paddock, Founder & CEO of Valenture Institute
  • Daniel Ndima, CEO of CapeBio
  • Simon Davis, CCO of ScarabTech


All Africa Chief Financial Officer of the Year:

  • Lawrence Kimathi, Group CFO of KCB Group


All Africa Industrialist of the Year:

  • Winnie Ngumi, MD of Space & Style
  • Mohammed Dewji, President of MeLT Group


All Africa African Company of the Year:

  • Safaricom
  • Afreximbank
  • Airtel Africa


All Africa Philanthropist of the Year:

  • Sezanele Zondi, CEO & Founder of SEZ Foundation NPO
  • Isaac Mbatha, CEO of Sky Tents SA
  • Lumbie Mlambo, Founder & CEO of JB Dondolo


All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year:

  • Timothy Nuy, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Fin Africa
  • Isaac Mbatha, CEO of Sky Tents SA
  • Melvyn Lubega, Executive Chairperson of Baobab Group


All Africa Business Woman of the Year:

  • Wandia Gichuru, Founder & CEO of Vivo Fashion Group
  • Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode
  • Owen Omogiafo, President and Group CEO of Transnational Corporation PLC


All Africa Business Leader of the Year:

  • Lovelyn Bassey, Group COO & CEO: SADC of Healthgarde International
  • Benedict Oramah, President & Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank
  • Stephen Saad, Group Chief Executive of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings


The AABLA continues to recognize and celebrate the achievements of exceptional African leaders who contribute to the continent’s prosperity and economic development.


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