Akin Adesina makes Forbes’ list as Nigerians dominate Forbes Africa awards

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Forbes Africa has announced it has narrowed down a shortlist, dominated by Nigerians, for the 2013 Person of the Year Awards. 
The awards are due to take place in Nairobi, Kenya at the beginning of December this year.
Following suggestions from Forbes Africa’s readers and social media audience, official voting in the form of a poll on http://forbesafrica.com/person-of-the-year/voting.html, is now open to the public who can make their selection of the individual they deem most worthy of the Person of the Year title.
The Person of the Year Awards celebrate ‘the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by’ and Forbes Africa has welcomed the participation of the public in what is fast becoming one of the most momentous and anticipated annual events in Africa.

“Every year, we are excited to decide the Forbes Africa Person of the Year. We want to honour the big hitters of the continent who are making a difference in people’s lives and we hope that in doing so, it will inspire others,” commented Chris Bishop, the managing editor of Forbes Africa magazine.
The shortlist, comprising of three Nigerians, one South African and one Zimbabwean, is listed as including: Akinwunmi Adesina, minister of Agriculture. He was nominated over his vision to make Nigeria a self-sustaining, food-producing nation and register 20 million farmers by 2015.
Also, Strive Masiyiwa,  the founder of global telecoms group, Econet Wireless, and through Capernaum Trust was nominated for his plan to  educate tens of thousands of Zimbabwean orphans.

In addition, Jim Ovia established Zenith Bank Group in 1990, West Africa’s second largest financial services provider was nominated over his focus which has turned to helping grow Africa’s budding ‘techpreneurs’.

National Mirror
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