Southern Times Writer
Windhoek – Several political and business leaders from the SADC region feature prominently in the 2021 African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards, with the bloc’s Chairperson, President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi being voted African of the Year.
The leader of another Southern African Development Community member state, President Mokgweetsi Masisi was named African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2021; while Mozambican President Felipe Nyusi emerged runner-up in the African Political Leader of the Year category. South African leader President Cyril Ramaphosa came second to President Chakwera (African of the Year).
The annual poll is conducted by African Leadership Magazine, and the 2021 edition attracted over 10,000 digital votes and more than one million online engagements.
Winners will be formally honoured on February 26, 2022 at the African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards ceremony, which will be held virtually.
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards – in their 10th year now – are reserved for people on the continent who have distinguished themselves in their respective spheres.
2021 Persons of the Year Awards
African of the Year 2021: President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi (Winner); President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa (Runner-Up)
African Political Leader of the Year 2021: President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (Winner); President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique (Runner-Up)
African Female Leader of the Year 2021: Stella Fubara of Nigeria (Winner); Mukwandi Chibesakunda of Zambia (Runner-Up)
African Educationist of the Year 2021: Professor Barnabas Nawangwe (Winner); Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong (Runner-Up)
African Industrialist of the Year 2021: Tabitha Karanja of Kenya (Winner); Mo Dewji of Tanzania (Runner-up)
African Philanthropist of the Year 2021: Dr Helen Oritsejafor of Nigeria (Winner)
ALM Young Person of the Year 2021: Mo Salah of Egypt (Winner); Lupita Amondi Nyong’o of Kenya (Runner-Up)
Africa Peace & Security Leader of the Year 2021: President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana (Winner); President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’ivoire (Runner-Up)