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Mara Phones Founder & CEO is the African Leadership Person of the Year 2019 in the Employment Generation category

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Renowned entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Mara Phones, Ashish J. Thakkar has been named, African Leadership Person of the Year 2019 in the Employment Generation category.

Mr. Thakkar, who recently launched Mara Phones, Africa’s first indigenous mobile phone company in Rwanda had been nominated by the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) in the Employment Generation category, for his commitment to job creation through the Mara Phones Factories as well as his role as the Chair of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group.

It was the 8th African Leadership Persons of the Year Award organized by ALM, a UK-based publication that focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience.

The keenly contested poll, across 7 different categories, attracted over 300,000 entries on the website; entries across our social media platforms, and submissions via email. Winners shall be decorated and presented with the instruments of honour on the 28th February 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at a colourful ceremony that will attract a wide spectrum of African policy, diplomatic and business leaders.

The winners were recently unveiled by the Publisher of the Magazine Mr. Ken Giami, at the UK Head Office of the group, after the awards committee working with the editorial team concluded the collation of both online and offline votes and submissions from the over 1 million subscribers of the publication.

Mr. Giami observed that all the nominees deserved the crown, considering their personal contributions to the continent’s growth and development.

The final winners are:

African of the Year 2019:
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria

African Female Leader of the Year 2019:
Rawya Mansour, Founder, RAMSCO Company

ALM Person of the Year 2019-Educational Development
Dr. Yusuf Karodia, Founder, Regent Business School and MANCOSA

ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Employment Generation
Ashish Thakkar, CEO, Mara Phone

ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Political Leadership
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt

ALM Person of the Year 2019 – Philanthropy & Charitable Contributions to Society
Femi Otedola, Founder, Femi Otedola Foundation

ALM Young Person of the Year 2019
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid, Music Artist

About the Persons of the Year Award

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award is a vote-based awards program, reserved for African business, political, diplomatic, Sports and Entertainment leaders, who are considered to have blazed the trail in different categories in the year under review.

The awards enjoy one of the most participatory processes, as Africans get to decide who takes the coveted crown in different categories. Winners are presented with the award in a colorful ceremony held annually in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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