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Beyond the Glamour at the 2018 African Business Integrity Award-Dubai

It was an evening of esteems and high level networking with fun not in lack at the unveiling of the premier edition of the African Business Integrity Awards which took place at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers-Dubai, United Arab Emirate on November 16, 2018.

In attendance were the crème de la crème in the African business world alongside their counterparts from other parts of Asia and Europe who have distinguished themselves in business leadership and character. The maiden edition of the award witnessed over 36 (thirty six) nominations across Africa cutting across business organizations and CEOs from the banking, finance, oil and gas, telecommunication, manufacturing, processing etc. However, a total of 6 nominees including three organizations and three CEOs were selected for the award in this maiden edition. They are; Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria-CBN, Mr. Christopher Kirubi a Kenyan businessman, entrepreneur, industrialist and the Director at Centum Investments. Airtel Tanzania, Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria, Ensco Logistics Services Limited and the Founder and Producer of Money Line with Nancy on African Independent Televison ,Nancy Nanji.

Africa Business Integrity Awards is the initiative of the Mandela Legacy Centre for Leadership and Development. A prestigious annual recognition aimed at celebrating integrity and upholding confidence in the African business environment. Through this medium, the Centre recognizes and honours top businesses and CEOs who demonstrate best practices in leadership character and high standards of organizational ethics that benefits their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities and who by dint of hard work, business savvy and outstanding managerial skills are building business empires, strong brands and making Africa proud on the global stage.

The Awards organized under the partnership and support of both renowned local and international bodies, embodies the mission of advancing trust in the marketplace, while laying a critical foundation for ethical environment where buyers and sellers can trust each other in the true spirit of Africa. It rewards integrity and outstanding achievement especially in the private sector and further provides a powerful networking opportunity for African businesses to link with other business leaders across the world on the merit of integrity and achievement. The recognition is, a third party endorsement from an Institution of such repute and regarded as one of the highest seal of confidence, which is beneficial for corporate image.

African Business Integrity Awards is driven by the vision to:
• Create a community of trustworthy businesses
• Set standards for marketplace trust
• Encourage and support best practices
• Celebrate marketplace role models, and;
• Denounce substandard marketplace behaviour


Africa Business Integrity Awards is open to all for-profit African businesses and non-indigenous companies doing businesses in Africa. Candidates for the Africa Business Integrity Awards are evaluated by an independent selection committee on each of the following criteria:

• High ethical standards of behaviour towards customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees, and communities in which they do business.
• A history and reputation of ethical practices in the marketplace, including acknowledgement by their peers.
• Marketing, advertising, communications, and sales practices which reflect a true presentation of what is being offered in the marketplace.
• Communicate to and train employees in carrying out ethical principles.
• Have been actively in business for at least four years.
• Show no evidence of failure to meet financial obligations.

This prestigious honor was conferred in the presence of other notable business leaders, investors, promoters, well-wishers, the international media and other notable stakeholders.

Watch out for the 2019 edition.

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