2017 African Banker Awards Nominees; Kenya, SA, Morocco & Nigeria Dominate

The African Banker Magazine has revealed the nominees for the ten categories in the 2017 African Banker Awards. The awards recognise top-ranking individuals and institutions setting new benchmarks for performance and pushing the boundaries within the banking industry.

From the list, Africa’s tier one banks dominate the list with banks from Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa having been nominated across all the 10 categories.

The 2017 African Baker Awards will take place during the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday 23rd May at the gorgeous Regency Hyatt in Ahmedabad, India. This is the first time the AfDB’s Annual meetings will be held in India, and specifically in the Gujarat State, where President Modi used to be Governor.

From the list, Kenyan CEOs Dominate the Awards with Barclays Bank Kenya CEO Jeremy Awori, Joshua Oigara of KCB and James Mwangi of Equity all nominated for the prestigious “African Banker of the Year Award.”


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Below is a list of all Nominees;

African Bank of the Year:

  • African Export-Import Bank
  • Attijariwafa Bank, (Morocco)
  • Guaranty Trust Bank (Nigeria)
  • Mauritius Commercial Bank (Mauritius)
  • Standard Bank Group (South Africa)

African Banker of the Year:

  • Segun Agbaje, MD, GTB (Nigeria)
  • Jeremy Awori, MD, Barclays Bank (Kenya)
  • Dr Charles Kimei, MD, CRDB Bank (Tanzania)
  • James Mwangi, Group MD and CEO, Equity Bank (Kenya)
  • Joshua Nyamweya Olgara, Group CEO, KCB (Kenya)
  • Dr Benedict Okey Oramah, President, Afrexim Bank

Best Retail Bank in Africa:

  • Ecobank
  • Equity Bank (Kenya)
  • KCB (Kenya)
  • SBM Bank (Mauritius)
  • UBA (Ghana)

Investment Bank of the Year:

  • FBN Capital (Nigeria)
  • Fieldstone (South Africa)
  • Rand Merchant Bank (South Africa)
  • Standard Bank Group (South Africa)
  • Vetiva (Nigeria)

Award for Financial Inclusion:

  • African Local Currency Bond Fund
  • Amhara Credit and Savings Institution (Ethiopia)
  • Business Development Fund (Rwanda)
  • Caisse Centrale de Garantie (Morocco)
  • Verdant Capital (South Africa)

Socially Responsible Bank of the Year:

  • East African Development Bank
  • EFG Hermes (Egypt)
  • Guaranty Trust Bank (Nigeria)
  • KCB Foundation (Kenya)
  • Groupe Credit Agricole du Maroc (Morocco)

Award for Innovation in Banking:

  • African Development Bank
  • Ecobank
  • First Bank (Nigeria)
  • Millenium Bim (Mozambique)
  • Wari (Senegal)