NAIROBI October 7, 2015 – Forbes Africa, the number one monthly print magazine in Africa*, opened its public voting for the 2015 Person of the Year awards today, inviting readers and the greater public to vote and help narrow down a shortlist of notable nominees.
Scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of November this year, the 2015 Person of the Year award has, since inception in 2011, attracted the highest calibre of nominees from across the continent.
The award celebrates “the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on events of the year gone by” and Forbes Africa has welcomed the participation of the public in what is one of the most momentous and anticipated annual events in Africa.
“Every year I get calls from around the world from journalists about our Person of the Year,” comments Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa. “This is a prestigious award that draws the eyes of the world. What I love most about this award is that the winners use the status of it to carry out good work in Africa that improves lives,” he adds.
2015 Person of the Year award judging panel includes:
- Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa
- Methil Renuka, Editor of Forbes Woman Africa
- South African-based political commentator, Aubrey Matshiqi
- Joseph Bonyo, Editorial Manager – East Africa for ABN
- West Africa media personality, Peace Hyde
The nominees for the 2015 Person of the Year are:
- MUHAMMADU BUHARI – President of Nigeria, new broom launching a fight against corruption.
- CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE – Famed Nigerian author, weaving stories that present a true African picture to the world.
- ARUNMA OTEH – New Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank, wants to lend power to the elbow of women in Africa.
- MOHAMMED DEWJI – Entrepreneur and philanthropist who spent the year strengthening MeTL Group, his family business employs tens of thousands of Africans and trades across the continent.
- NKOSAZANA DLAMINI-ZUMA – African Union Chairperson, working towards a united and strong Africa. She has pushed the cause of women and that of land rights in 2015.
Public votes will make up a weighted portion of what will be the judging panels final decision on who will be the 2015 Person of the Year. Public votes can be submitted at www.poy2015.com and closes on Thursday 15 October 2015.
Join the @forbesafrica 2015 Person of the Year award conversation on social media using the hashtag #FAPOY2015.
The 2015 event will be produced by ABN Productions.