Winner of the Forbes Africa Person of the Year (POY) Award 2016 has been announced and it’s none other than former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela.
The winner of the award was announced at a ceremony in Kenya on Thursday evening with Madonsela emerging as the sixth recipient of the accolade.
Madonsela who was present at the awards ceremony looked like a vision in a flowing silk red gown with detailed lace patterns. Afterwards, she tweeted her appreciated for the recognition.
“Thanks @forbesafrica for an awesome evening and everything regarding #POY16‚” Madonsela tweeted.
According to Forbes, Madonsela was chosen as the winner of the award because for her bravery. She has been fearless “in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore”.
In the race for the Forbes Africa Person of the Year Award, she beat two African presidents‚ another South African and a country.
Here are the nominees for the Forbes Africa Person of the Year Award:
Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli;
Mauritian President, Ameenah Gurib;
Fellow South African, businessman and founder of Capitec Bank, Michiel le Roux;
The people of Rwanda.
The award is fast gaining popularity and prestige for honouring excellence in Africa. The first winner of the Person of the Year award was former Nigeria central bank governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Sanusi is now known as Muhammad Sanusi II‚ emir of Kano.
Other past winners include;
2012 winner – James Mwangi‚ chief executive of Equity Bank‚ Kenya
2013 winner – Akinwumi Adesina‚ the Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria and now head of the African Development Bank
2014 – Aliko Dangote‚ chairperson and chief executive of the Dangote Group‚ Nigeria
2015 – Mohammed Dewji‚ chief executive of MeTL Group‚ Tanzania
2016 – Thuli Madonsela‚ former public protector of South Africans
Also, earlier this year, Mandonsela was awarded the German Africa Prize Award 2016.