Banks from many African countries have been nominated for the African Banker Awards 2018. The African Banker Awards are designed to recognize the reforms, rapid modernization, consolidation, integration and expansion of Africa’s banking and financial system. Also, the African Banker Awards 2018 is the biggest annual event for banks in Africa and the most important event that celebrates and rewards the institutions and individuals shaping the industry.
The African Banker Awards 2018 has a lot of categories from which winners will emerge from. The awards ceremony, held under the high patronage of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is sponsored by The African Guarantee Fund, Banco Nacional de Investimento (BNI), Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc and the Bank of Industry.
African Banker Awards 2018 – See Full List Of Nominees
We will list the African Banker Awards 2018 nominees by their categories.
African Bank of the Year
This award goes to the bank in Africa that has demonstrated a high performance across various metrics. It will have considerably changed the banking landscape by reaching out to new customers, offering new services, adopting inclusiveness by bringing the unbanked into the banking space, making use of new technologies, and helping to drive growth through a stronger financial sector
- Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
- Equity Group Holdings, Kenya
- Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria
- The Mauritius Commercial Bank, Mauritius
- Standard Chartered
African Banker of the Year
Through their leadership and vision, the winner will have overseen strong financial performance within their organisation and will have successfully guided their institution to new heights in the industry.
- Mohamed El Kettani – Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
- James Mwangi – Equity Group Holdings Plc, Kenya
- Joshua Oigara – KCB, Kenya
- Segun Agbaje – Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria
Central Bank Governor of the Year
This award goes to the central bank governor who has successfully reformed and transformed the financial sector, through proper regulation and policies, as well as created a stable and predictable environment for investment and growth.
Investment Bank of the Year
The winner will have changed the landscape of investment banking and finance by encouraging and increasing deal and transaction flow in the continent, and by delivering pioneering solutions for investors and African clients alike.
- Barclays Africa Group
- FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Nigeria
- Standard Bank
- Standard Chartered
Best Regional Bank in Africa*
This award goes to a bank operating either across a specific region or in one country within a region (North, East, South, West or Central Africa). The winner will have excelled in the banking industry in its region by reaching out to new customers, offering new services, adopting inclusiveness by bringing the unbanked into the banking space, making use of new technologies and contributing to a stronger financial sector.
Best Retail Bank in Africa
The winner of this category will have expanded its retail services through new products, new facilities, and a wider consumer network, and improved access to financial services, particularly savings and checking accounts, mortgages, personal loans, and debit or credit cards. The bank’s application should demonstrate strong corporate governance and its wider corporate social policy impact on the community it serves.
- Barclays, Zambia
- KCB, Kenya
- Millennium BIM, Mozambique
- SBM Holdings, Mauritius
Innovation in Banking
This award goes to the African bank that has demonstrated original and practical uses of technology to provide customer convenience, improved and more affordable services, and greater access to the financial services industry in Africa.
- Agricultural Finance Corporation
- Kenya, Ubuntu Capital
- Banque Nationale pour le Développement Economique, Senegal
- SBM Holdings, Mauritius
Lifetime Achievement Award*
This award goes to an African banker who throughout his or her career has worked tirelessly to strengthen and promote banking as well as the role of the financial services sector on the African continent.
Finance Minister of the Year*
This award goes to the African minister of finance who has carried through prudent macro economic policies and, through reforms and his or her actions, has shown skill and dexterity to create the conditions of an appealing investment climate.
African Banker Icon*
The ‘Icon’ category is awarded to an individual or institution for their outstanding contribution in the field of business, banking and finance. They are chosen by the awards committee, who will have noted excellence in their area of expertise and for their work in helping to change the perception of Africa as well as contributing to the establishment of best global practice in the continent. This award in the past has been given to outstanding individuals such as Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who needs no introduction, Adebayo Ogunlesi, one of Wall Street’s most eminent financiers, and Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange.
Infrastructure Deal of the Year
This will be awarded for the deal which has had the most significant impact. The committee will take into consideration the complexity of the deal, its size, its structure and the groundbreaking role it may have played (ie ‘replicability’). The deal may provide a template for such future transactions and will have highlighted new possibilities and new solutions within the sector or industry it relates to.
- Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund – Chapel Hill Denham, Nigeria
- Nacala Railway and Port Corridor – Standard Bank SA / RMB, South Africa
- FIRST – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa
- AEE Power Project – RMB, Namibia
Deal of the Year – Debt
This winning deal may provide a template for such future transactions and will have highlighted new opportunities and raised country sector or regional investment profiles, or some other innovation in debt deal financing within Africa.
- $300m Diaspora Bond – Standard Bank/FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Nigeria
- $540 First Rand Asia Focused syndication – Standard Chartered, UK
- Cape Town Green Bond – RMB, South Africa
- Dufil Prima Foods – Standard Bank, South Africa
- Nokeng Fluorspar – Fieldstone, South Africa
- Viathan – Renaissance Capital, Nigeria
Deal of the Year – Equity
The winning deal will have highlighted new opportunities and raised sector or regional investment profiles. The judges will consider the size, complexity and impact in terms of changing perceptions of Africa as a place to do business.
- ADES IPO – EFG Hermes, Egypt
- First Rand Acquisition of Aldermore PLC – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa
- GAPCO sale to Total – Standard Chartered, South Africa
- Long4Life IPO – Standard Bank, South Africa
- Steinhoff Africa Retail Listing – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa
- Vodacom Tanzania IPO – National Bank of Commerce and Absa CIB, Tanzania
Award for Financial Inclusion
This category has been widened to include more than just microfinance. The winner will have best succeeded in delivering financial products and services to wider parts of society, particularly to the most disadvantaged and low income segments, ultimately contributing to financial inclusion, development and growth.
- Fourth Generation Capital Limited, Kenya
- Groupe Crédit Agricole Maroc, Morocco
- Baobab Group, France
- Equity Group, Kenya
- JUMO World, South Africa
Socially Responsible Bank of the Year
The panel of judges will be seeking concrete examples of projects and initiatives within the institutions that have had a sustainable impact on the communities they are geared towards. The award is aimed at companies that go beyond the philanthropic use of funds to use their overall knowledge, resources and reputation to improve the lives of the less advantaged in society.
- Barclays Bank, Zambia
- BMCE Bank of Africa, Morocco
- Equity, Kenya
- First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria
- KCB Group, Kenya
- Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, Kenya
We will keep you posted on the African Banker Awards 2018 event as it unfolds.