President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has been named 2022 Man of the Year (Africa) by Exclusive Men of the Year (EMY).

Dr. Adesina was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Africa during his period as agriculture minister of Nigeria. The award was presented to the AfDB president on October 1, in Accra, Ghana.

The EMY Africa awards celebrates Leaders, Young Achievers, Community Builders to Captains of Industries across the continent. The Awards ceremony has become one of the biggest events celebrating the best in men’s achievements across the local industry, community, culture and public service since 2016.

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During the award ceremony, EMY Africa said Dr. Adesina was chosen for his visionary leadership as the president of the African Development Bank Group and his outstanding contribution to Africa during his period as agriculture minister of Nigeria.

UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Charles Abani, who presented the award in Accra, Ghana, said, “When we look around, we see different people making their contributions to society. We know Africa is going to be Africa if we harness our agricultural value and go up the value chain. One man has stood up for his inspiration, motivation and making us believe with a vision and strategy that we can achieve this.

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AfDB Ghana Country Manager, Eyerusalem Fasika, received the award on Dr Adesina’s behalf. In his speech, Fasika thanked the EMY team and all the partners for the recognition.

The Chief Executive Officer of Engineers & Planners Ghana Limited, Ibrahim Mahama, was also conferred the EMY AFRICA – MAN OF THE YEAR award on the same night. Mahama was recognised for his contribution to the growth and development of private sector businesses in Ghana and Africa at large.

Article Credit: Victor Oluwole, Business Insider Africa