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Forbes Africa ‘Person of the Year 2016’ is South Africa’s Thuli Madonsela

The Forbes Africa Person of the Year (POY) Award is fast gaining popularity and prestige for honouring excellence in Africa. The fifth recipient of the accolade was announced in Kenya on Thursday evening.

The prestigious accolade, honours excellence in Africa and celebrates “the individual who has had the most influence on events of the year gone by”.

It went to Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s former anti-corruption public protector. Forbes wrote about Madonsela during the nomination, noting how she “faced death threats in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore.”

She beat two African presidents, a fellow South African and a country to emerge the winner for this year.

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli – known as the bulldozer, Ameenah Gurib, Mauritian president, South African businessman, Michiel le Roux, founder of Capitec Bank, and the people of Rwanda were nominated along with Madonsela.

Previous winners include:

  • 2011 winner – Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (the then Central Bank of Nigeria governor) now Muhammadu Sanusi II (Emir of Kano)
  • 2012 winner – James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank, Kenya
  • 2013 winner – Akinwumi Adesina, the then Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, now head of the African Development Bank.
  • 2014 – Aliko Dangote, Chairman and CEO of the Dangote Group, Nigeria.
  • 2015 – Mohammed Dewji, CEO of MeTL Group, Tanzania
  • 2016 – Thuli Madonsela, former Public protector of the Republic of South Africa
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