Forbes Africa have opened nominations for its annual ‘Person of the Year’ (POY) award. The award in its 6th year will allow people to vote from among five nominees includes People of Rwanda, Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli among others.
Other Nominees includes Michiel Le Roux of South Africa founded Capitec Bank, Thuli Madonsela aka Thulisile Nomkhosi, a South African advocate and served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016 and Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, a Mauritian biodiversity scientist who serves as President of Mauritius since 2015.
The people of Rwanda were nominated for the Person of the Year award. Forbes emphasized the strides and reforms the country has undertaken in recent years citing particularly the issues of gender equality.
During the 5 years of civil war that culminated in the 1994 genocide, GDP declined in 3 out of 5 years, posting a rapid decline at more than 40% in 1994, the year of the genocide.
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli nominated for Forbes POY 2016
Rwanda entered a high period of economic growth in 2006, and the following year managed to register 8% economic growth, a record it has sustained since, turning it into one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa.
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, Forbes justified his nomination saying this Tanzanian president has had a significant hand in boosting the nation’s economy. Magufuli is nicknamed the ‘‘bulldozer’‘ for his strict approach to governance.
Forbes Africa presents its Person of the Year Awards 2016, for “the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on business on the year gone by.
Previous winners are Mohammed Dewji Ceo of Metl Group in 2015, Aliko Dangote Chairman & Ceo Of The Dangote Group, Nigeria in 2014; Akinwumi Adesina Minister Of Agriculture And Rural Development For Nigeria in 2013; James Mwangi Ceo Of Equity Bank, Kenya in 2012 and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Governor Of The Central Bank Of Nigeria in 2011.
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