Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector  has been chosen as the Forbes Africa Person of the Year for 2016.

Madonsela is the sixth recipient of the accolade‚ which was announced at an award ceremony in Kenya on Thursday evening.

She graced the awards in a flowing silk red gown with detailed lace patterns.


Forbes said Madonsela was the winner of the award because for her bravery “in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore”.

Fellow nominees for the Person of the Year award included Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli‚ Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib‚ fellow South African and founder of Capitec Bank Michiel le Roux‚ and the people of Rwanda.

The first winner of the Person of the Year award was former Nigeria central bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi‚ now Muhammad Sanusi II‚ emir of Kano.

Previous winners:

2012  – James Mwangi‚ chief executive of Equity Bank‚ Kenya

2013 – Akinwumi Adesina‚ the Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria and now head of the African Development Bank

2014 – Aliko Dangote‚ chairperson and chief executive of the Dangote Group‚ Nigeria

2015 – Mohammed Dewji‚ chief executive of MeTL Group‚ Tanzania

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