Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema has been voted as the best African Leader of the Year 2022 by the African Leadership Magazine. Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania settled on the second place for her outstanding efforts to stir Tanzania towards development.
Sierra Leone President Dr Julius Maada Bio was voted African of the Year while Director General of the World Trade Organization, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala emerged as African Female Leader of the Year in the 11th African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year – 2022.
The winners emerged with a combined total vote of over 15,000 and over 1 million active online engagements during the voting period, as at the close of the poll on Friday, December 2nd, 2022, at midnight Central African Time.
The poll, which has become the continent’s premium vote-based awards, attracted over 12,000 votes on the ALM website and over 3000 votes posted via email. The winners were unveiled by the Publisher of the Magazine, Dr Ken Giami, at the U.K. Head Office of the group.
The winners for the 11th edition of the award shall be presented with the honour instruments on February 16th, 2023, during the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award ceremony, to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius.
The announcement of the winners was preceded by the awards committee working with the editorial team to collate online and offline votes and submissions from the over 1 million subscribers/followership base of the publication.
Below is a list of winners and runners up in the 9 categories:
1. African of the Year 2022
H.E. Dr Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Hage Geingob, President of Namibia (Runner-up)
2 African Female Leader of the Year 2022
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization, Nigeria Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia (Runner-Up)
3. African Educationist of the Year 2022
Dr. Gertrude Nwangala Akapelwa, Founder & Vice-Chancellor, Victoria Falls University of Technology, Zambia, Mamokgethi Phakengas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa, (Runner-Up)
4. African Industrialist of the Year 2022
Patrice Motsepe, Executive Chairman, Africa Rainbow Minerals, South Africa Dr Deji Adeleke, Chairman, Pacific Holding (Runner-Up)
5. African Political Leader of the Year 2022
H.E. Hakinde Hichilema, President of Zambia H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of Tanzania (Runner-Up)
6. African Philanthropist of the Year 2022
Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Executive Chairperson, Higher Life Foundation Zimbabwe Mohammed Indimi, Chairman, Oriental Energy Resources, Nigeria (Runner-Up)
7. ALM Emerging African Leader of the Year 2022
Emma Theofilus, Deputy minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Namibia Ham Serunjogi, Co-Founder and CEO of Chipper Cash, Uganda (Runner-Up)
8. Africa Peace & Security Leader of the Year 2022
Yankuba Drammeh, Chief of Defense Staff, Gambia General Jean Bosco Kazura, Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force (Runner-Up)
9. African Energy Leader of the Year 2022
Patricia Simon-Hart, MD/CEO, Aftrac Limited, Nigeria Leparan Gideon ole Morintat National Oil Corporation of Kenya(Runner-Up)
The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (U.K.) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom.
The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective, while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.