AABLAs West African winners announced


Sponsored by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the AABLAs honour Africa’s game-changers who have made significant contributions to the continent’s business landscape.

The West African round marketed the final regional leg of the awards, with the winners of East Africa and Southern Africa having been honoured in September and October respectively.

The winners of the three regions will move onto the finale round to be hosted in Johannesburg on the 14 November 2014, where they will compete for the title of Africa’s most unmatched business pioneers.


“The winners of the West African round of the prestigious AABLA, represents the meeting point of boldness and rare character. Their vision, dedication and innovation were celebrated for their continuing positive impact on the African business landscape,” said Joe Nazzal, head of Reserve.

For business leader of the year, chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Atedo Peterside, took top honours for his numerous ground-breaking initiatives throughout his career.

Young business leader of the year was jointly awarded to co-founders and managing partners of Red Media, Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams for their brilliant achievements including the creation of the Future Nigeria Awards which inspires young Nigerians to strive for brilliance.

Arunma Oteh, director- general of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission, was presented with the business woman of the year award for her significant contributions to the development of Nigeria’s economic landscape.

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Entrepreneur of the year was awarded to Tayo Oviosu, founder and CEO of the innovative payments service, Paga. To date, his business has grown its user base to around 1.7 million.

Otunba Subomi Balogun, founder of the First City Monument Bank, was honoured with the lifetime achievement award for the numerous milestones he has reached in his long career including owning a number of global subsidiaries and an impressive shareholder’s equity.