Forbes Africa Honors Benedict Oramah As 2023 Person Of The Year

Forbes Africa Honors Benedict Oramah As 2023 Person Of The Year

Benedict Oramah, the President of Afreximbank, has been awarded the prestigious Forbes Africa Person of the Year for 2023, recognizing his exceptional contributions to Africa’s development. Described as a true pan-Africanist with a career spanning three decades at Afreximbank, Professor Oramah’s visionary leadership and dedication to economic development have been highlighted. Forbes Africa’s managing editor, Renuka Methil, commended Oramah’s stellar history, enthusiasm, and resilience, citing the launch of the Pan-African Payment and Settlement System as a historic cross-border payments project in local African currencies.

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Nominations for the Forbes Africa Person of the Year undergo thorough scrutiny by the magazine’s editorial and research teams, with Oramah being shortlisted and unanimously selected as the 2023 winner. This accolade places him among a distinguished group of past recipients, including notable figures such as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, James Mwangi, Akinwumi Adesina, Aliko Dangote, Mohammed Dewji, and Thuli Madonsela.

The Forbes award follows closely on the heels of Oramah receiving the Zik Prize in Professional Leadership in Lagos, Nigeria, adding to his collection of honors for advancing trade in Africa. Oramah’s commitment to driving intra-African trade is evident through initiatives like the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), a collaborative effort between Afreximbank, the AfCFTA Secretariat, and the African Union Commission. The third edition of IATF recently took place in Cairo, Egypt, from November 9 to 15.

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