The African Leadership Magazine International Advisory Board under the Chairmanship of Dr Joe Beasley has selected the First Lady of South Africa, Mrs Bongi Ngema-Zuma as the African Female Leader of the Year 2016. Madam Ngema-Zuma was presented with the award during a prestigious event held yesterday (23 February) at Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg.
The event was attended by some of the high profile leaders in the African continent such as the former President of Ghana, His Excellency, John Mahama and Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Mr Abubakar Malami.
In her acceptance speech, Madam Ngema-Zuma said “I believe that Africa can win the progress race by focusing on its people, their human rights and empowerment. Africa must realise the power in the people -the buying power, innovativeness and resilience and harness this power by developing technical skills among youth and women, boost the potential of women to lead in politics, corporate, as well as other spheres of society”.
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The magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited and focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective which evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent.
The award follows a review of Madam Ngema-Zuma’s activities in South Africa, the work she has done through the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation as well as submissions made by the Centre for Economic & Leadership Development, CELD.