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The annual

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African Banker Awards,
Celebrating excellence and best practices in African banking.

A landmark annual banking event

The African Banker Awards are designed to recognize the reforms, rapid modernisation, consolidation, integration and expansion of Africa's banking and financial system. The Awards Ceremony will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 28th May 2024.

2023 winners


Bank of the Year


Sustainable Bank of the Year

Nedbank, South Africa

DFI of the Year


Fintech of the Year

MFS Africa, South Africa

SME Bank of the Year

Caisse de compensation et de consignation, Tunisia


Banker of the year

Ms Esther Kariuki - Co-operative Bank of Kenya

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Miguel Azevedo, Citi

Lifetime Achievement

Mr. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, Commercial International Bank

Central Bank Governor of the Year

Harvesh Seegolam, Bank of Mauritius

Minister of Finance of the Year

Hon. Enoch Godongwana, South Africa

Regional Banks

Regional Bank of the Year - North Africa

Bank of Africa

Regional Bank of the Year - East Africa


Regional Bank of the Year - Central Africa

Trust Merchant Bank

Regional Bank of the Year - West Africa

Vista Bank

Regional Bank of the Year - Southern Africa

Zambia National Commercial Bank (Zanaco)


Infrastructure deal of the Year

US$900m debt funding facility for Scatec Solar PV plus Battery Storage Project - Standard Bank

Deal of the Year - Debt

Harmony Gold Company syndicated multi-tranche, multi-currency, loan facility of US$400 million and R4 billion - Absa & Nedbank

Deal of the Year - Equity

US$298m Infinity Energy equity investment and Lekela Power acquisition - Africa Finance Corporation

Agriculture deal of the Year

US$78m funding facility for the Southern Oil Structured Commodity Finance Transaction - Absa

The awards sponsors

High Patron

Platinum Sponsor

Exclusive Cocktail Sponsor

About the awards

The African Banker Awards are a landmark annual event for African banking taking place during the annual meetings of the African Development Bank. Organised by African Banker magazine and IC Events in co-operation with BusinessinAfrica Events, the African Banker Awards celebrate excellence and best practices in African banking.

Recognising the 400 personalities and banks that are driving Africa's rapidly transforming financial sector, the African Banker Awards bring together industry leaders from Africa and the world. They celebrate the achievements of those who are driving growth and development and creating new economic opportunities for citizens and communities all over the continent and inspire new generations of bankers whoare shaping Africa's future.

28th May 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

The awards categories

The awards judges

Rebecca Enonchong

CEO - Appstech

Zemedeneh Negatu

Global Chairman - Fairfax Africa Fund

Tom Minney

Editor - African Council Markets News

Toyin F Sanni

GCEO - Emerging Africa Capital

Jean-Louis Ekra

Board Member - British Globeleq Group

Vivien Shobo

CEO - FVS Advisory Partners

Alain le Noir

Co Founder - Club des banques et établissements financiers africains

Christopher Hartland-Peel

Principal - Hartland-Peel Africa Equity Research