The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa honour remarkable leadership and salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

CNBC Africa is proud to continue the tradition established by the awards that define and celebrate vision, the spirit of achievement and excellence in business leadership in Africa. The AABLA distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses.

Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in African leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy.

  1. CEOs from the African listed companies are invited to nominate themselves or respected leaders in business.
  2. Nominations are received online via aablawards.com website.
  3. All documents needs to be filled out and supporting documents including the signed rules have to be summited. The AABLA team then confirms the CEO’s participation. Online nominations are encouraged with the specific achievements of the nominees included in the submissions.
  4. ALL information summited according to the criteria of the category, will make the nominee eligible as a candidate.
  5. Documents will be compiled and summited to the Business school for research and complete evaluation on the information and financial statements. Dossiers are created and summited to the judging committee in each region.
  6. Participants will be judged by an independent panel of judges, appointed by the Head Judge, Mr Yunus Suleman: Chairman of KPMG.
  7. The Judging Panel in each region reviews the shortlist, looking at achievements, financial performance and key competitive indicators over the past twelve months, and then determine the finalists for each category in each region.
  8. The finalists for each region are announced at the launch that takes place Live on CNBC Africa.
  9. The Finalist will be interviewed personally by the judging committee at their offices, and this plays a vital role on the decision for the winners of the regions
  10. The winners for each region are announced on Gala Banquet Dinner in that specific region
  11. The winners of each category in their respective regions will qualify to compete in the Finale’, this event marks the culmination of the 2015 All Africa Business Leaders Winners.
  12. The finalist has to be present to accept these awards at the respective award ceremonies.

ABN Productions pioneered the annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa 2011, after Founder and Vice Chairman of the ABN group Mr Rakesh Wahi attended the European business leader’s awards in 2009 and inspired by the recognition of European business leadership, decided to salute remarkable business leaders for their continuing commitment to excellence in Africa. In the 2012 the awards grew into three regional segments, namely West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa – with a grand finale to bring all regional winners together and to celebrate an overall victor. The awards ceremony and gala dinner is presented in a half-hour show broadcast across 48 countries in Africa.

Now celebrating it’s 5th year, the awards have become synonymous with recognising the best in business leadership on the African continent and continue to grow in boldness and stature.

Award Categories for 2015

Events Timeline

Official AABLA Launch

West Africa
Lagos, Nigeria

Nominations closed
East Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Nominations closed
Southern Africa Sandton, Johannesburg

Nominations closed
Grande Finale 13-11-2015
Sandton Convention Centre

Overall winners anounced

AABLA Table Bookings

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Table of 10

West Africa 2015

Table of 10

East Africa 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

R18 000
Table of 10

Southern Africa 2015
Sandton, Johannesburg

R30 000
Table of 10

Finale 2015
13 November in Johannesburg, South Africa

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In Memoriam 2015


As American writer and lawyer Albert Pike once said: “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

In 2015, the AABLA will once again remember those business leaders who have lead the way, not just for their organization’s but have moved Africa forward – sadly, these visionaries have passed away between November 2014 and November 2015, leaving behind a legacy.

The “In Memoriam” segment is the most moving part of the AABLA Finale but is also the toughest to produce. Business Leaders who would make it into the AABLA Finale “In Memoriam” segment, who have been from an African country and have been be the Founder, Chairman or CEO of an organization that was notable in a country or multiple territories.

The AABLA welcomes submissions to the “In Memoriam” segment of the Finale. Please take a moment to fill out the form and one of the AABLA production team will contact you to assist you further with your submission.

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Past Winners

  • Southern Africa


  • West Africa


  • East Africa


    Business Leader of the Year

  • Finale Event



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