Thuli Madonsela awarded the prestigious title of Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016

The Forbes Africa Person of the Year accolade praises, “the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on business on the year gone by”.

South Africa’s former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was awarded the prestigious title for her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore despite facing death threats.

Image Credit: @PowerWomanInt, Twitter

Image Credit: @PowerWomanInt, Twitter

The nominees were:

  • Thuli Madonsela – South Africa’s Former Public Protector who faced death threats in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore.
  • Michiel le Roux – The founder of Capitec Bank who has made banking more accessible to South Africans.
  • Ameenah Gurib – The Mauritian President who is spearheading the drive to protect her nation’s environment.
  • John Magufuli – The Tanzanian President has had a significant hand in boosting he nation’s economy.
  • The People of Rwanda – For how the country has reformed and is prioritising gender equality.

Previous winners include:

  • 2011 – Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (the then Central Bank of Nigeria governor) now Muhammadu Sanusi II (Emir of Kano)
  • 2012 – James Mwangi, CEO of Equity Bank, Kenya/li>
  • 2013 – 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