Meet the Business Insider Africa Awards nominees

  • BI Africa organizes its first awards to recognize outstanding individuals in business.
  • The 11 award categories cover the market landscape of Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A jury has selected the nominees and the awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on April 12.

Business Insider Africa is pleased to announce the launch of its first Business Insider Africa Awards, recognizing influential business leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change and making a significant impact in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The Business Insider Africa Awards kicked off with the nomination process, managed by a panel of diverse backgrounds across sub-Saharan Africa, whose talents and contributions to the continent and the environment are key to building a community of African leaders.

Click here to meet our judging team for the Business Insider Africa Awards.

The award focuses on recognizing extraordinary individuals in 11 business categories that span the market landscape of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The nominees with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winners at the virtual awards ceremony on April 12, 2022.

Here are the nominees:

Marketing Professional of the Year

  • Christiane Mbimbe Bossom – Group Corporate Communication Manager at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated
  • Onyedikachim Nwankwo – Product Marketing Manager at Flutterwave
  • Osobajo Olufemi – Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Bet9ja
  • Olajumoke Kujero – Marketing Manager at Jumia Nigeria
  • Christine Maina – General Manager (Marketing) at Brookside Dairy

Fintech leader of the year

  • Olugbenga Agboola – CEO of Flutterwave
  • Tayo Oviosu – Founder/CEO of Paga
  • Dare Okodjou – Founder/CEO of MFS Africa
  • Andrew Takyi-Appiah – Director at Zeepay
  • Curtis Vanderpuije – CEO of ExpressPay

Internet Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Sim Shagaya – Founder and CEO of uLesson Education Limited
  • Onyeka Akumah – Co-founder and CEO Treepz
  • Peter Njonjo – Founder/CEO of Twiga Foods
  • Jihan Abass – Founder and CEO, Lami Insurance Technology
  • Olugbenga Agboola – CEO of Flutterwave

Young CEO of the Year Award

  • Gregory Rockson – CEO of mPharma
  • Ham Serunjogi – CEO of Chipper Cash
  • Shola Akinlade – CEO of Paystack
  • Odunayo Eweniyi – Chief Operating Officer at PiggyVest
  • Olugbenga Agboola – CEO of Flutterwave

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Toyosi Akere-Ogunsiji – CEO of Rise Networks
  • Orondaam Otto – Founder/CEO of Slum2School
  • Misha Teasdale – Co-Founder and Director of Greenpop
  • Tunde Onakoya – Founder of Chess in the Slums of Africa
  • Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa – Founder and Executive Director of Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab

Business Influencer of the Year

  • Vusi Thembekwayo – Chairman and CEO of MyGrowthFund Venture Partners
  • Dr. Ola Brown – Co-founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria
  • Reno Omokri – Author/motivational speaker
  • Victor Asemota – Chairman of the Board at EdoInnovates
  • Tony Elumelu – Chairman, Heirs Holdings

Female Leader of the Year

  • Ngozi Okonjo Iweala – Director General of the World Trade Organization
  • Funke Opeke – MD from MainOne
  • Rebecca Enonchong – Software Co-Founder
  • Maya Horgan Famodu – Founder and Partner at Ingressive Capital
  • Miishe Addy – CEO/Co-Founder, Jetstream Africa

Technology Investor of the Year

  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji – MD, Future Africa
  • Dr. Ola Brown – Director at GreenTree VC
  • Kola Aina – General Partner, Ventures Platform
  • Maya Horgan Famodu – Founder and Partner at Ingressive Capital
  • Olugbenga “GB” Agboola – CEO of Flutterwave

Creative Chef of the Year

  • Mo Abudu – CEO of EbonyLife
  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Founder, SoleRebel
  • Michael Collins Ajereh (Don Jazzy) – Founder and Records Executive at Mavin Records
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Nigerian novelist
  • Imane Ayissi – Cameroonian fashion designer

Serial Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Strive Masiyiwa – Founder of Econet Global and Cassava Technologies
  • Dr. Ola Brown – Co-founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria
  • Jason Njoku – Founder of iRokoTV
  • Eunice Ajim – Founding Partner at Ajim Capital
  • Odunayo Eweniyi – COO at PiggyVest

Lifetime Achievement Entrepreneurship Award

  • Funke Opeke – MD from MainOne
  • Strive Masiyiwa – Founder of Econet Global and Cassava Technologies
  • Tony Elumelu – Chairman, Heirs Holdings
  • Tara Fela-Durotoye – Nigerian Beauty Entrepreneur
  • Mo Ibrahim – Sudanese-British billionaire businessman

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