Sol Kerzner receives Lifetime Achievement Award \tPaul Kagame receives African of the Year Award Finalists from all corners of the continent met at the 2018 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA\u2122) Grand Finale on 29 November to crown the All Africa winners at an exclusive gala dinner at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Now celebrating its 8th year, the AABLA\u2122, in partnership with CNBC Africa, is an empowerment driven, premium event, intended to distinguish and uphold the achievements of inspiring corporate front-runners on our Pan-African continent. \u201cThe AABLA\u2122 distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy and are visionaries behind today\u2019s outstanding businesses. Our huge congratulations go out to the All Africa winners and finalists of this year\u2019s awards who all exemplify the best in African leadership. The overall winners in each category epitomise the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight \u2013 values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy,\u201d said Rakesh Wahi, co-founder, ABN Group. The event was attended by some of the biggest names in African business, including Gauteng Premier David Makhura who delivered the keynote address and the iconic Sol Kerzner who received the Lifetime Achievement Award \u2013 a highlight of the evening. This year also included the addition of a new category, the All Africa African of the Year, which was awarded to His Excellency, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. Throughout the evening, over 400 guests were entertained by the Ndlovu Youth Choir, who performed a number of local songs including a Zulu rendition of Ed Sheeran\u2019s \u2018Shape of You\u2019. The team of judges from East, West and Southern Africa led by Sam Bhembe, CNBC Africa Non-Executive Director, evaluated the shortlisted finalists to determine the overall category winners. Full list of AABLA\u2122 2018 All AFRICA Winners: All Africa Business Leader of the Year Peter Mountford \u00a0 Super Group, CEO All Africa Business Woman of the Year\u00a0 Nomkhita Nqweni ABSA Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance, CEO All Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Thembalihle Baloyi Discovery Insure, Founder and Executive Director All Africa Industrialist of the Year Quinton Uren Jendamark Automation, Managing Director All Africa Company of the Year Ethiopian Airlines All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year\u00a0 Dr. Elikem Tamaklo Nyaho Medical Centre, Managing Director All Africa Innovator of the Year James Paterson & Benjamin Meltzer Aerobotics, Co-founders All Africa Philanthropist of the Year\u00a0 Sir Donald Gordon Donald Gordon Foundation, Founder All Africa Lifetime Achievement Award Solomon Kerzner All Africa African of the Year His Excellency Paul Kagame Republic of Rwanda, President Sponsors and partners of the 2018 AABLA\u2122: Sponsor Organisation Industrialist of the Year Category Industrial Development Corporation Young Business Leader of the Year Category Lancaster University Company of the Year Category Hollard Host Province Gauteng Tourism Authority Associate Sponsor Bombardier Partner Organisation Auditing Partner Grant Thornton ZA Research Partner Southern Africa and Finale Henley Business School Africa Official Radio Partner Kaya FM Magazine Partner Forbes Africa Communications Partner Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) Strategic Partner Thomson Reuters Africa Produced By ABN Event Productions Winner Gifts presented by Vana Dressed By Tsotetsi KL Suits By MCHL by Taku Premium Beverage Partner Glenfiddich The awards ceremony and gala dinner was presented in a half-hour show broadcast across 48 countries in Africa and globally via cnbcafrica.com. For more information visit www.aablawards.com and follow the 8th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA\u2122) in partnership with CNBC Africa on Twitter: @aablawards and #AABLA2018. The event is proudly produced by ABN Event Productions. Media contacts: Sakiwe Ngcupe Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +27 11 480 8525 About AABLA\u2122 AFRICA\u2019S MOST RESPECTED BUSINESS AWARDS The annual All Africa Business Leaders Award is set to honour business excellence and leaders who have made a considerable impact on their industry and community. The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA\u2122) in partnership with CNBC Africa honour remarkable leadership and salute game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies. The AABLA\u2122 distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and are visionaries behind today\u2019s outstanding businesses. Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in African leadership. They epitomise the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight \u2013 values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy.