Entries were also received from submissions via email and physical posts from Africans across the continent and in the diaspora.

The awards say that all winners and runners-up shall be presented with a trophy and decorated with the instruments of the honour at the Africa Summit — London 2022

The summit is scheduled to hold at the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, on Monday, 4 July from 15:00 to 16:30. The theme is 'Rethinking African Trade and Partnership Possibilities'.

The winners emerged through a keenly contested three-step points-based selection process that included:
  • a call for nomination
  • a call for online voting for shortlisted nominees, and
  • the editorial board’s final review of the nominations and voting submissions.
This was while using supporting evidence and voting considerations in their final decisions to decide the African Business Leadership Awards 2021 winners. Voting was responsible for 65% of points and supporting evidence was responsible for 35% in the final selection process for the 2022 winners.

The African Business Leadership Awards aims to be a prestigious recognition event to reward exceptional corporate practices and outstanding achievers in Africa's business landscape and its private sector.

The awards aim to keep with the African Leadership Magazine's tradition of presenting the sides of the continent's businesses and leaders, which hardly find placement on global media platforms — celebrating exemplary business leadership on the continent. 

The award winners are as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sam Matekane, group chairperson of Matekane Group of Companies, Lesotho
African Business Leader of the Year
  • Akindele Akintoye, chairperson of Platform Capital, Nigeria (winner)
  • Daniel Mckorley, GCEO of McDan Group of Companies, Ghana (first runner-up)
African Female Business Leader of the Year
  • Mpumi Mpofu, CEO of Airports Company, South Africa (winner)
  • Anne Juuko, CEO of Stanbic Bank Holdings, Uganda (first runner-up)
African Regulator of the Year
  • Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya (winner)
  • Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) (first runner-up)
Business Friendly Governer of the Year Award
  • Hassan Ali Joho, governor of Mombasa County, Kenya (joint winner)
  • Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State, Nigeria (joint winner)
  • David Makhura, premier of Gauteng province, South Africa (runner-up)
African Finance Minister of the Year
  • Renganaden Padayachy, minister of finance, economic planning and development, Mauritius (winner)
  • Ipumbu Shiimi, minister of finance, Botswana (runner-up)
Central Bank Governor of the Year Award
  • Florens Luoga, governor of Bank of Tanzania (winner)
  • Tarek Amer, governor of Central Bank of Egypt (runner-up)
African Inspirational Business Leadership Award
  • João Figueiredo, CEO of Moza Banco, Mozambique (winner)
  • Abena Brigidi, CEO of Nimed Capital Limited, Ghana (runner-up)
African Trade and Investment Minister of the Year
  • Alphonse Claude N'SILOU, minister of state and minister of trade, supply and consumption, Congo Republic (winner)
  • Beatha Habyarimana, minister of trade and industry, Rwanda (runner-up)
African CEO of the Year
  • Peter Ashade, GCEO of United Capital Plc, Nigeria (winner)
  • James Githii Mburu, CEO of Kenya Revenue Authority (runner-up)
Young Business Leader of the Year Award
  • Ally Edha Awadh, CEO of Lake Oil Group, Tanzania (winner)
  • Sangu Delle, chairperson of Golden Palm Investments Corporation, Ghana (first runner-up)
Africa CSR and Community Development Impact Award
  • Anglo American Platinum South Africa (winner)
  • Access Bank Plc (first runner-up)
African Brand of the Year
  • Lafarge Africa Plc (winner)
  • Vodacom Group (first runner-up)
Africa Business Integrity Leader Award
  • Mastercard Africa (winner)
  • Heritage Bank Plc, Nigeria (first runner-up)
For more information, visit www.africanleadershipmagazine.co.uk.