NIGERIA: ABLA recognizes Airtel CEO Segun Ogunsanya as the African business leader of the year.

Segun Ogunsanya bags African business leaders of the year award. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Segun Ogunsanya, the managing director and chief executive of Airtel Nigeria has been mentioned as the African business leader of the year in the African Business Leadership Awards (ABLA) 2021.

It is an award that recognizes and appreciates exceptional business leaders, whose vision, innovations, and management abilities have helped steer the company successfully in both his home country and in the global market place driving growth, and providing leadership.

The award is about achievers, super-achievers, and future business leaders. It is a glamorous event that attracts the best from Africa.

Over 20 categories recognize the achievements made by selected high-profile cooperate business leaders in Africa and honor their great contributions towards the country’s post-recession economic development. All these fine exemplary leaders are mentioned for their impeccable leadership qualities deeming it fit into nation-building.

Ogunsanya topped the category as African business leader of the year, ahead of Standard Bank Group CEO, Swimphiwe Tshabalala.

The event organizers revealed that Ogunsanya who also won the Africa Industry Personality of the year 2020, was selected in a keenly contested three-step points-based process that included a call for nomination, and the editorial board’s final review of nomination and voting submissions.

A contest that saw online voters account for 65% of the final outcome with supporting evidence contributing 35% of the final selection process.

It is an event that brought on board over 300,000 entries on the website and across social media platforms as well as submissions via email and physical slots from Africans across the continent and in Diaspora.

Ogunsanya lauded ABLA for the mention saying, “I am pleased to attend ABLA event and above all thank you for honoring me. This is a great life motivator and I pledge my loyalty to the African business until we realize bigger steps.”