African Leadership magazine has disclosed the nominations for the prestigious African Persons of the Year (POTY) 2023 awards. The spotlight is on three outstanding Ugandans: Patrick Bitature, Winnie Byanyima, and Ernest Rubondo.
The annual POTY awards, organized by the African Leadership Magazine, have been a hallmark event for the past 12 years. This ceremony brings together policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society representatives, and thought leaders from across Africa and the world to deliberate on issues crucial to the continent’s socio-economic growth and development. It is also a platform to recognize individuals championing people-centric leadership and those contributing to a pan-African agenda in various fields.
The trio, Bitature, Byanyima, and Rubondo, stand out as nominees chosen for their resilience, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in the year under review. Patrick Bitature, the Founder & Chairman of Simba Group in Uganda, is recognized for his contributions to job creation through his business endeavors.
Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), represents the category of African women defying odds and positively influencing the continent, breaking through patriarchal systems.
Ernest Rubondo, the Executive Director of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), is acknowledged for his leadership in government institutions, combining political acumen with a technocratic approach marked by excellence, integrity, and transparency.
All three nominees have demonstrated remarkable achievements and a commitment to leveraging knowledge, skills, and innovative solutions for Africa’s development challenges. Their efforts aim to contribute to building more resilient African economies, creating wealth, and fostering prosperity for the African people.
The nominations, unveiled following a call for submissions that attracted entries from across the continent and its diaspora, were announced on November 28 in Portsmouth, UK.
The African Leadership Magazine, the flagship publication of the African Leadership Organisation (UK) Limited, has been promoting impactful leadership on the continent for the past 16 years. The POTY awards, a two-step selection process, engage Africans worldwide in selecting winners for various categories through nominations and online polls.
Public voting for the 12th ALM Persons of the Year 2023 is currently open, allowing individuals to cast their votes for nominees in different categories on the ALM website (www.africanleadershipmagazine.co.uk) until December 14 at midnight (CAT).
The winners will be announced and honored during the ALM Persons of the Year Awards Ceremony 2024, scheduled for February 22 – 23, 2024, at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event, themed “Building Resilient African Economies,” is held in partnership with the Ethiopian Customs Commission (ECC).
As the continent anticipates the outcome of the online poll, the African Leadership Magazine continues its commitment to recognizing and celebrating individuals who contribute significantly to Africa’s progress and work towards altering the continent’s perceived negative image.