The Founder and Executive Chairman of Nigeria’s BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has emerged the All African Industrialist of the year 2016, reports ITRealms.
This, ITRealms gathered came a few weeks after he won the 2016 West African Industrialist of the Year at the AABLA West African Regional Awards.
At the event, Africa’s 9 best business leaders in various categories were celebrated at the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Partnership with CNBC Africa (AABLA), held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday 11 November 2016.
ITRealms also gathered the event was attended by prominent business leaders from across the continent, ambassadors and the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura among other government functionaries.
In a joint press statement made available to ITRealms by the duo of O’tega Ogra, Group Head, Corporate Communications at BUA Group and Chloe Gibbons of All Africa Business Leaders Awards, the winning business leaders triumphed at the All Africa Finale after an 11-month long journey in Africa’s leading business award, which recognizes Africa’s bold leaders and change-makers of business in East, West and Southern Africa.
They equally noted that as the pinnacle of the AABLA, the finale drew an audience from across the continent and the world, with attendees from as far afield as the United States, Australia, Scotland and India.
In his response, after receiving the award, Abdulsamad Rabiu reiterated his call for African individuals, businesses and governments to look inwards and pursue greater investments within the continent saying, “Africa has been presented with a unique opportunity - to look inwards, tap our plentiful human, economic and intellectual resources and also, to forge a path of economic prosperity for the continent. This transformation starts with us – the people and business leaders in a position to influence the change that we need.”
“I remain committed to investing and exploring Africa’s untapped opportunities in manufacturing, mining, agriculture and other business areas. I believe that in a few years to come, through our support, Africa will rise again and take its rightful place in world affairs,” Rabiu said.
Other winners at the award include Sola David Borha of the Stanbic IBTC Group who emerged “All Africa Business Woman of the Year” and South Africa’s Discovery winning the All Africa Company of the Year Award amongst others.
pix: From LEFT: Prof John Grainger, Provost, Lancaster University, Ghana and Lindi Bhembe, Founder, The New Chapter Bookstore, SA presenting the 2016 All Africa Industrialist of the Year Award to Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group at the AABLA Grand Finale in Johannesburg, recently.