BrandArena: See the list of nominees for 2024 African Banker Trophies

Tuesday 7 May 2024

See the list of nominees for 2024 African Banker Trophies

African Banker magazine has announced the nominees for the highly anticipated 2024 African Banker Awards, recognising outstanding individuals and institutions driving progress in the financial services sector across Africa. With a focus on business sustainability, gender equality, and banking infrastructure, this year's edition promises to showcase the continent's most innovative and impactful initiatives.

A total of 59 esteemed institutions and personalities have advanced to the next round of selection, vying for the coveted Trophies of the Pan-African banking event of the year. Since its inception in 2007, the African Banker Awards have been synonymous with excellence and leadership in the African banking industry, honoring those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to driving economic growth and financial inclusion on the continent.

The winners of the 2024 African Banker Awards will be unveiled at a prestigious gala dinner on May 28 in Nairobi, Kenya. The gala dinner is set to be a highlight of the official program of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders from across Africa and beyond.

Organized by IC Events and under the esteemed patronage of the African Development Bank, the African Banker Awards serve as a platform to celebrate and showcase the achievements of Africa's brightest talents and most innovative institutions, driving positive change and shaping the future of finance on the continent.

The nominees were selected from a record number of applications from across the African continent. For the first time in its 18-year history, three of the candidates selected for the most prestigious title of Banker of the Year are women, reflecting the growing number of female leaders in finance.

Speaking about the Awards, Omar Ben Yedder , chairman of the Awards committee, highlights the growing role of development finance institutions. “Over the years, we have seen the role of DFIs evolve,” he said. “They play an important role in structuring transactions and spurring development, often filling gaps in areas that are underserved or underrepresented.

“The funding gap in the areas of infrastructure, trade and climate means that the banking sector as a whole will need to be even better capitalized. But looking back over the 18 years of existence of the Trophies, we see that the size of our national banks and the transactions they can structure are like night and day. The progress made is considerable.

List of nominees for the African Banker Awards 2024:

Bank of the year

African Export-Import Bank
KCB Group
Trade and Development Bank Group
Uganda Development Bank
United Bank for Africa

Banker of the year

Admassu Tadesse - Trade and Development Bank Group
Anel Bosman - Nedbank
Karim Awad - EFG Holding
Miriam Olusanya - Guaranty Trust Bank
Patricia Ojangole - Uganda Development Bank
Serge Ekue - West African Development Bank 
Sidi Ould Tah - Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa

Trade Finance Trophy

Access Bank Nigeria
Attijariwafa Bank (AWB) Group
Bank of Africa (BOA/BMCE)Group
Diamond Trust Bank Kenya
First Bank Nigeria (FBN)

Deal of the year - Debt

Absa Bank Ltd - Two tranches valued respectively at 212 billion TZS and 73 million US$ - Absa - NMB Bank
African Development Bank - $117 million Globeleq Menengai Geothermal Power Project in Kenya
Africa Finance Corporation - $1.82 billion KaMa Project
African Frontier Capital – $500 million Brighter Life Securitization
Hogan Lovells - $16 billion for Ghana's debt restructuring
MUFG Bank - €774 million Strada Project - Loan supported by UKEF to help FERA and the Republic of Senegal in its national road program
Standard Bank - $775 million for syndicated financing of the Foschini group

Deal of the year - Equity

Absa Bank - $500 million for Airtel Uganda IPO
West African Development Bank - $100 million Hybrid Bonds
Pangaea Securities - Acquisition of Copperbelt Energy Corporation by Affirma Capital Limited for $145 million
Rothschild - $1.1 billion investment in Mopani Copper Mines plc by International Resources Holding RSC
Standard Bank - $200 million: Acquisition by Meridiam of a majority stake in Kipeto

Deal of the Year – Infrastructure

African Export-Import Bank – $203 million Great Horn Investments Holding “GHIH”
African Export-Import Bank - $1.762 billion Tanzania Railways, Government of Tanzania
African Trade Insurance Agency - 350 million euros Benin IROKO Project
Banque Misr – $352.4 million Fiber Misr for telecommunications and information technology (Benya Technologies)
Hogan Lovells – $15 billion Simandou Mining and Infrastructure Project
InfraCredit - $38 million Guarantee from InfraCredit for the issuance of fixed rate bonds for the infrastructure of the Lagos Free Zone
Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited - $461 million Sukuk issuance for the construction and rehabilitation of critical road infrastructure

Deal of the year in agriculture

Absa Bank - Volcafe Limited - $80 million East Africa Borrowing Base Facility
Co-operative Bank of Kenya - Co-op Bank & Kenya Coffee Direct Settlement System
National Bank of Egypt - $400 million Evergrow for specialized fertilizers
Standard Chartered - $692 million Ghana Cocoa Board Pre-export Receivables Backed Trade Finance Facility

IFD of the year

African Export-Import Bank
West African Development Bank
East African Development Bank
Kenya Development Corporation
Trade and Development Bank Group

Fintech of the year

EFG Hermes Holding Val
Inclusivity Solutions
Yabx Technologies

Bank of the Year for SMEs

Co-operative Bank of Kenya
East African Development Bank
National Bank of Commerce
Uganda Development Bank Limited

Sustainable Bank of the Year

Absa Bank
East African Development Bank
Nedbank CIB
Standard Bank Group
Trade and Development Bank Group

Platinum Sponsor of the Trophies: African Guarantee Fund

Gold Sponsors: Afreximbank and Vista Bank

Cocktail Sponsor: African Trade & Investment Development Insurance

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