The AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS annually recognises the companies and investors that have shaped the year in Africa, during the AFRICA CEO FORUM Gala Dinner.

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The AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS annually recognises the companies and investors that have shaped the year in Africa.

More than 250 companies, investors and CEOs have been nominated over the last ten years, representing many key actors who have driven Africa’s economic expansion.

The Awards Ceremony takes place during the AFRICA CEO FORUM Annual Summit Gala Dinner on 5 June 2023, in Abidjan.

Application Deadline, March 24, 2023.

CEO of the Year

The “CEO of the Year” award recognises an African CEO for his or her exceptional achievements in the past year. The award is determined by a cross-disciplinary panel, which selects a CEO who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in growing their company’s activities or has achieved a major business accomplishment in the last 12 months.



The “African Champion” award commemorates a company that has greatly increased activities on the continent by expanding presence to several new African markets. The award is dedicated to a company implementing a consistent and coherent regional expansion strategy, which is contributing to African economic integration.

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Disrupter of the Year

The “Disrupter of the Year” trophy rewards a company that has shaken up their sector through innovation and whose creation is less than 10 years old. Emphasis will be placed on products and initiatives contributing to socioeconomic growth such as boosting financial inclusion, access to health care, education and energy. 

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Gender Leader

The “Gender Leader” trophy in partnership with Women Working For Change (WFC) celebrates a company, active in Africa, that has increased the number of women in executive and Board positions or implemented strategies to promote women leadership or female inclusion through social initiatives.

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Local Impact Champion

The “Local Impact Champion” trophy honours an African or international for-profit company that has made a positive difference to local communities and local economies. The prize is bestowed on a company that can demonstrate significant impact. This award highlights how business success can also lead to positive social impact.

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A look back at previous year

Awards CEO of the Year

Awards Disrupter of the Year

Awards Gender Leader

Awards International Company 

Awards African Champion