The African Business Leadership Award (ABLA) was established in 2009 to honor, on an annual basis, African men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the growth of business and the private sector in Africa. ABLA seeks to highlight the work of an individual or institution to positively affect the various stakeholders of the African private sector: customers, shareholders, employees, governments, and any other economic entity involved with the African private sector. ABLA is an opportunity for African businessmen and women to single out among their peers those who have dared to turn their vision into action. In this manner, those exceptional achievers can inspire others and thus contribute to the emergence of dynamic and successful African businesses not only across the continent but also on a global scale.

Each edition of ABLA is held during the African Development Bank’s annual meetings. Every year the event takes place in a different country. It is presided by Dr Donald Kaberuka, President-AfDB, and Papa Madiaw Ndiaye, Founding CEO-AFIG Funds. Please click on the images below to explore the 2012 and 2011 editions (respectively left and right) and discover the winners and their outstanding enterprises.