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Unveiling Excellence: The Global African Business Awards 2024 Nominees Announced!

The Global African Business Awards (GABA) made its inaugural debut in 2018 in Ethiopia, marking a significant milestone in celebrating the excellence and innovation within the African business landscape. After a successful launch, the prestigious event returns to South Africa on the 29th and 30th of June 2024, promising to once again spotlight the remarkable achievements of businesses and entrepreneurs across the continent.

Today, the anticipation reaches its peak as the nominees for the 2024 edition of the GABA have been officially unveiled. This unveiling marks the beginning of an exciting journey as industry leaders, innovators, and visionaries gear up to compete for recognition in various categories that span from philanthropy to technology, from manufacturing prowess to inspirational leadership.

With each nomination, the diversity and dynamism of African businesses come to the forefront, showcasing the continent’s resilience, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. From established conglomerates to emerging startups, the nominees represent a tapestry of success stories that inspire and empower others to reach greater heights.

As the countdown begins to the grand event at the Heartfelt Arena during the Global Consumer Expo 2024, the stage is set for a celebration of excellence, collaboration, and progress. It’s not just about honoring achievements; it’s about fostering a culture of innovation, driving economic growth, and shaping the future of Africa’s business landscape.

GABA Global African Business Awards Nomination List 2024

Philanthropist of the Year

  • Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)
  • Mo Ibrahim (Sudan)
  • Carolyn Steyn (South Africa)
  • Aliko Dangote (Nigeria)
  • Strive Masiyiwa (Zimbabwe)
  • Ashleigh Stewart (South Africa)
  • Makaziwe Mandela (South Africa)
  • Adrian Gore (South Africa)
  • Joshin Raghubar (South Africa)
  • Preston David (South Africa)
  • Tony O. Elumelu (Nigeria)


Best Hotel in Africa

  • The Royal Mansour Marrakech (Morocco)
  • The Residence Zanzibar (Tanzania)
  • MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa (Seychelles)
  • Southern Sun (South Africa)
  • Cape Grace (South Africa)
  • LUX Grand Gaube (Mauritius)
  • Hemingways Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Londolozi Game Reserve (South Africa)
  • Four Seasons Resort Marrakech (Morocco)
  • Four Seasons hotel (South Africa)
  • Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town (South Africa)


African Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Noluvuyo Gqudu (South Africa)
  • Elzyn Barends (South Africa)
  • Martin Masiya (Malawi)
  • Dr Talifani Banks (South Africa)
  • Dr Esperance Luvindao (Namibia)
  • Rich Fumani Mnisi (South Africa)
  • Aliko Dangote (Nigeria)
  • Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)
  • Fomba Trawally (Liberia)
  • Patrick Ngowi (Tanzania)
  • Femi Otedola (Nigeria)


Best News/Media Outlet

  • News24 (South Africa)
  • Vox Africa
  • Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
  • BBC News Africa
  • The EastAfrican (Kenya)
  • Premium Times (Nigeria)
  • African News
  • Daily Nation (Kenya)
  • ENCA (South Africa)
  • CNBC Africa


Best Magazine

  • Forbes Africa (South Africa)
  • Biz Community (South Africa)
  • Glamour (South Africa)
  • New African Woman Magazine
  • GQ SA
  • Jeune Afrique
  • New African Magazine
  • African Business


Best Television Station

  • TV5Monde Afrique
  • Enca (South Africa)
  • Africa Magic (Nigeria)
  • South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
  • Channels Television (Nigeria)
  • Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC)
  • Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)
  • Citizen TV (Kenya)
  • eNCA (eNews Channel Africa)
  • (South Africa)

Business of the Year

  • Dangote Group (Nigeria)
  • MTN Group (South Africa)
  • Solly’s Energy (Malawi)
  • Safaricom (Kenya)
  • Shoprite Holdings (South Africa)
  • Naspers (South Africa)
  • Zenith Bank (Nigeria)
  • Bidvest Group (South Africa)
  • Orascom Construction (Egypt)
  • Camitex (Cameroon)


Best Company (across every industry)

  • Clicks Group (South Africa)
  • Sonatel (Cote D’Ivoire)
  • Tanzania Breweries (Tanzania)
  • Woolworths Holdings (South Africa)
  • Gold Fields (South Africa)
  • Camitex (Cameroon)
  • Delta Corporation (Zimbabwe)
  • Dis-Chem Pharmacies (South Africa)
  • Vodacom Group (South Africa)
  • Dangote Cement (Nigeria)
  • Maroc Telecom (Morocco)
  • Geregu Power (Nigeria)


Most Innovative Company

  • Deus Brands (South Africa)
  • Flutterwave
  • YOCO (South Africa)
  • Omnisient (South Africa)
  • Turaco (Kenya)
  • Twiga Foods (Kenya)
  • Legends Barber (South Africa)
  • Camitex (Cameroon)
  • Pick N Pay Stores (South Africa)
  • Tongoro (Senegal)
  • Kobo360 (Nigeria)

Fastest-growing Company

  • Camitex (Cameroon)
  • Dis-Chem Pharmacies (South Africa)
  • Microsoft Africa
  • Deimos Cloud (PTY) Ltd (South Africa)
  • Flutterwave
  • Clicks Group (South Africa)
  • Mastercard (South Africa)
  • Blue Sky Digital Solutions (South Africa)
  • Deus Brands (South Africa)
  • Altech (Democratic Republic of Congo)



Best Insurance Company

  • Sanlam (South Africa)
  • AIICO Insurance (Nigeria)
  • Jubilee (Kenya)
  • MiWay (South Africa)
  • Liberty Holdings (South Africa)
  • Old Mutual (South Africa)
  • WAFA Assurance (Morocco)
  • Misr Insurance (Egypt)
  • Botswana Life Insurance (Botswana)
  • SICOM Life (Mauritius)


Best Start-up company

  • M-KOPA
  • Minx Leather
  • Dragonfly Aerospace
  • Nuru
  • Sabi
  • Paws-itive Paws-abilities
  • Lulalend
  • Jetstream Africa
  • Adumo


Employer of the Year

  • ABSA Group (South Africa)
  • DHL
  • Novaties (South Africa)
  • SAFRICOM (Kenya)
  • Float (Ghana)
  • Microsoft Africa
  • Flutterwave
  • Clicks Group (South Africa)
  • Macro (South Africa)

Best Beauty & Cosmetics Brand in Africa

  • Cosmetix (South Africa)
  • Evita Joseph (Ghana)
  • Kryolan (South Africa)
  • Blot Beauty Cosmetics (Nigeria)
  • Sk+Muse (Nigeria)
  • Salwa Petersen (Chad)
  • Hanahana Beauty (Ghana)
  • African Botanics (South Africa)
  • Malée (South Africa)
  • Emolyne Cosmetics (Uganda)


Best Fashion Designer

  • Laduma MaXhosa (South Africa)
  • Imane Ayissi (Cameroon)
  • Thebe Magugu (South Africa)
  • Lisa Folawiyo (Nigeria)
  • Maxhosa (South Africa)
  • Shelley Mokoena and Keneilwe Mothoa (South Africa)
  • Tongoro (Senegal)
  • Katungulu Mwendwa (Kenya)
  • Maki Osakwe (Nigeria)
  • Loza Maleombho (Ivory Coast)


Best Business Institution in Africa

  • University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (South Africa)
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University (Kenya)
  • Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  • African Leadership University School of Business (Rwanda)
  • Stellenbosch University Business School (South Africa)
  • University of Ghana Business School (Ghana)
  • Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University (Nigeria)
  • Kenya School of Government (Kenya)


Best African Bank

  • FirstRand Limited (South Africa)
  • Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (Togo)
  • Attijariwafa Bank (Morocco)
  • UBA Group (Nigeria)
  • Banque du Caire (Egypt)
  • GTBank (Nigeria)
  • Nedbank Group (South Africa)
  • Standard Bank (South Africa)
  • Absa Group Limited (South Africa)


Best Airline in Africa

  • Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
  • South African Airways (South Africa)
  • Kenya Airways (Kenya)
  • Egypt Air (Egypt)
  • Rwand Air (Rwanda)
  • Air Mauritius (Mauritius)
  • Royal Air Maroc (Morocco)
  • TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola)
  • Air Seychelles (Seychelles)


Best Retailer in Africa

  • Makro (South Africa)
  • Naivas Supermarket (Kenya)
  • Choppies Enterprises (Botswana)
  • Pick n Pay (South Africa)
  • Mr Price Group (South Africa)
  • Shoprite Holdings (South Africa)
  • Checkers (South Africa)
  • Woolworth Group (South Africa)
  • SPAR Group (South Africa)
  • Game Stores (South Africa)

Most Inspiring Entrepreneur

  • Ashish Thakkar (Uganda)
  • Yveette Ishmwe (Rwanda)
  • Rapelang Rabana (South Africa)
  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Nigeria)
  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (Ethiopia)
  • Magdalene Apenteng (Ghana)
  • Moky Makura (South Africa)
  • Salwa Akhannouch (Morocco)
  • Wendy Appelbaum (South Africa)
  • Hajia Bola Shagaya (Nigeria)
  • Bridgette Radebe (South Africa)
  • Tabitha Karanja (Kenya)
  • Sibongile Sambo (South Africa)


Agribusiness of the Year

  • Zambeef Products Plc (Zambia)
  • Twiga Foods (Kenya)
  • Khula! (South Africa)
  • UjuziKilimo (Kenya)
  • House Harvest (South Africa)
  • Afgri (South Africa)
  • Complete Farmer (Ghana)
  • Butterfly Foods (Kenya)
  • Summerhill Farm (Zimbabwe)


Inspirational Women in Business Award


  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa)
  • Divine Ndhlukula – Zimbabwe
  • Halima Dangote (Nigeria)
  • Isabel dos Santos (Angola)
  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (Ethiopia)
  • Magdalene Apenteng (Ghana)
  • Moky Makura (South Africa)
  • Salwa Akhannouch – Morocco
  • Wendy Appelbaum (South Africa)
  • Hajia Bola Shagaya – Nigeria
  • Bridgette Radebe (South Africa)
  • Tabitha Karanja – Kenya
  • Sibongile Sambo (South Africa)


Best Property Company

  • Broll Property Group (South Africa)
  • Grit Real Estate Income Group (Mauritius)
  • Shelter Afrique (Kenya)
  • AMS Africa (Morocco)
  • RE/MAX (South Africa)
  • Pam Golding Properties (South Africa)
  • Eris Property Group (South Africa)
  • Mara Delta Property Holdings (Pan-African)
  • Redefine Properties (South Africa)



Best E-commerce Platform

  • Takealot – South Africa
  • MAKRO – South Africa
  • Konga – Nigeria
  • Jumia – Nigeria
  • Bid or Buy – South Africa
  • Twiga Foods – Kenya
  • Copia Global – Kenya



Best Business Travel Destination in Africa

  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Port Louis, Mauritius


Best Healthcare Brand

  • Life Bank – Nigeria
  • Broadreach Group – South Africa
  • MPHARMA – Ghana
  • Kpay- Kenya
  • MedAtlas – Uganda
  • iLara Health – Kenya
  • Waspito – Cameroon
  • Dawaswift – Kenya
  • Nawah Scientific – Egypt
  • Africa Health Holdings – Ghana
  • MedsToGo – South Africa
  • Healthlane – Cameroon/Nigeria


Best Manufacturing Company

  • Dangote Cement – Nigeria
  • Mavi Demin – Morocco
  • Bakhresa Group – Tanzania
  • BKKM Group – Ethiopia
  • Nampak – South Africa
  • Group Five Construction (Pty) Ltd – South Africa
  • Naspers – South Africa
  • Safaricom – Kenya
  • MTN Group – South Africa
  • Bidvest Group – South Africa
  • Unilever Africa (Various African Countries)


With South Africa poised to host this prestigious gathering once again, the Global African Business Awards reaffirm their commitment to recognizing and celebrating the outstanding contributions of businesses and individuals who continue to drive Africa’s growth story forward. Get ready to witness history in the making as the best and brightest of Africa’s business community come together to shine on the global stage.

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