Dangote Group has emerged “African Company of
the Year” at the just-concluded Africa CEO Forum
held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
To clinch the General Electric (GE)- sponsored
award, Dangote Group emerged top among eight
other international companies nominated through
a special process that took several factors into
Also, the Chairman of Honeywell Group, Chief Oba
Otudeko, was honoured with award of the African
CEO of the Year award at the event.
According to the organisers, the Africa CEO
Forum’s awards are given to companies and
investors whose strategies show their
determination to take part in Africa’s dynamic
“Because their achievements encourage the
emergence of competitive African companies, the
nominees are selected for their commitment and
results in four areas,” the organisers said.
The areas are listed as promotion of Africa’s
private sector; strengthening regional integration;
development of intra-African trade and social and
Receiving the award on behalf of the President of
company, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chief Corporate
Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina,
expressed his company’s appreciation for the
award and the forum in general, saying it was a
veritable platform for African decision makers to
discuss common problems of African nations and
The Dangote Group according to him would
continue to make wise investments in sectors that
are critical to the economy of Africa.
He said: “On behalf of my boss, Aliko Dangote,
who was here during the opening session, we
would like to say a big thank you to the
organisers of this event, Jeune Afrique. Also, we
thank you for your recognition, for the honour of
bringing this event home to Africa for the first
“I am sure this is the right residence for this
conference, thank you for that. We want to say
thank you to all African heads of state and
government, the ministers, who have in one way
or the other, helped us to achieve our dream as
the best company in Africa.
“We thank you so much and we continue to do
In his own acceptance remark, Otudeko thanked
the forum for the award, saying: “I see the award
as recognition of commitment and indeed
confidence, that the future of Africa resides
strongly in the patriotic African person.
“Our future is bright. We should not allow our
challenges to diminish our confidence. Africa
would prosper in cooperation with all our friends,
who are within Africa and outside Africa.”
Other nominees for the company of the year
award were Seplat Petroleum, Safaricom, Sanlam,
NASPERS, Maroc Telecom, Sanlam, Ascendis and
Young CEO of the year award went Sebastien
Kadio-Morokro, managing director of Petrol Ivoire,
who beat Nigeria’s Jason Njoku, CEO and co-
founder of Iroko Partners.
A Gabonese bank, BGFI was named the Bank of
the Year beating leading banks such as Nigeria’s
Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Zenith Bank, and
The award for the International Corporation of the
Year was given to Heineken, while ECP Private
Equity was named the private equity investor of
The forum introduced a new award – the Young
CEO of the Year award which was won by
Sebastien Kadio-Morokro, Managing Director of
Petrol Ivoire, who beat Nigeria’s Jason Njoku, the
CEO and co-founder of Iroko Partners.
Recently, Dangote Cement Plc, one of the
companies under the Dangote Group won the
Business of the Year Award at the African
Business Awards ceremony on the sidelines of the
UN General Assembly in New York.
The judging panel applauded Dangote Cement for
its continued drive to develop new tailored
products, gain market share and expand its
activities throughout the continent.