About the Award

The African of the Year award project was initiated in 2008 to recognise and reward, annually, an exemplary African who has made extra-ordinary contribution to human development in any part of the continent, and in any sphere of human endeavour. Africans who have distinguished themselves in their various walks of life or do charity projects in their immediate communities that are of positive impact to the people.

Candidates for the award are shortlisted from a pool of nominees whose profiles and records of contribution have gone through a rigorous process of screening.

The award consists of three components, namely, a permanent plaque, a certificate of merit and a cash reward in aid of the awardee or his/her chosen charity project. It is promoted by Daily Trust, one of Nigeria's leading independent newspaper, in fulfilment of the newspaper’s commitment to African unity and sustainable development across the continent.

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Prize Committee

The prize committee is chaired by Mr. Festus Mogae (Former President of Botswana). Other members are appointed from Africa’s regional blocs.

Mr. Festus Mogae

Chairman of Jury

Former President of Botswana.

Mr. Kabiru A. Yusuf

DailyTrust Representative

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive officer of Media Trust Limited.

Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba

West Africa

CEO of African Media Initiative, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media Inc,

Ms. Gwen Lister

Southern Africa

Namibian journalist, publisher, apartheid opponent and press freedom activist.

Amb. Mona Omar

North Africa Rep.

Career diplomat with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a consumate educationist.

Pastor Rigobert MINANI BIHUZO

Central Africa

Head of the Research and Socio-Political Department, Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Sociale (CEPAS), the Democratic Republic of the CongoP.

Award Timeline

  • 23 Aug., 2021
    • Call for Nomination/Entries: Aug. 23, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021.
  • Collation and Review of Nominations: Nove., 2021.
  • 19 Jan., 2022
    • Award presentation/Dinner

Press Release

Daily Trust Invites Nominations for African of the Year 2021 Award  

A leading independent newspaper in Nigeria, DAILY TRUST, has called for nominations of exemplary personalities for the coveted African of the Year 2021 award. Nominations are open from August 22, 2021 to midnight of October 22, 2021.

In a statement issued at the weekend, Ag. CEO of Media Trust Limited, publishers of DAILY TRUST, Mr. Nura Daura, said ideal nominees should be ordinary Africans who have made extra-ordinary contributions to humanity in any field from any part of the continent.

Mr. Daura disclosed that the award consists of three components, namely, a permanent plaque, a certificate of merit and a cash reward in aid of the awardee or his/her chosen charity project.

Valid entries for the 2021 award will be for works, events or activities undertaken by the nominee between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, and nominations are to be made online at award.dailytrust.com. The eventual winner will be selected by a six-member prize committee chaired by His Excellency, Mr. Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana.

Other members of the Committee who represent Africa’s regional blocs are: Ambassador Mona Omar (North Africa), Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba (West Africa), Ms. Gwen Lister (Southern Africa), and Pastor Rigobert MINANI BIHUZO (Central Africa). The Chairman of the Board of Media Trust Limited, Mr. Kabiru Yusuf represents the award promoters.

The DAILY TRUST Ag. CEO, emphasised that a winner will emerge, strictly based on the selection criteria and not the number of entries submitted on his/her behalf.

Mr. Daura also disclosed that the presentation ceremony for the 2021 edition of the African of the Year Award will hold in Abuja, Nigeria, in January, 2022.

Now in its 14th edition, the African of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2008 by DAILY TRUST in fulfilment of the newspaper’s commitment to African unity and sustainable development across the continent.

With this annual award, Mr. Daura said the newspaper hopes to entrench the culture of selflessness among Africans with the aim of creating a pool of role-models for others to emulate. 

The maiden award was presented to a Congolese gynaecologist, Dr. Denis Mukwege, in recognition of his exemplary humanitarian offer of free reconstructive surgery to victims of rape in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, which is 10 years after DAILY TRUST had recognised his remarkable humanitarian gesture.

Last year’s award was won by Musu Bakoto Sawo, a Gambian changemaker and tireless women rights advocate, for her continuous commitment to ending violence against girls and women, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.


Issued by: 

Nura Daura, Ag. CEO, DAILY TRUST

Email: nuradaura@dailytrust.com 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

بيان صحفى

الترشيحات لجائزة "ديلى تراست " للشخصية الأفريقية لعام 2020


"تدعو الجريدة النبجبربة الرائدة "ديلى تراست " للتقدم بترشيحات لاختيار "الشخصية الأفريقية لعام 2018

و قد صرح السيد " آليو اكوشيلى " أن المرشح الذى يتم اختياره ، يجب أن يكون مواطن أفريقى عادى ، قدم مساهمات مرموقة للإنسانية ، فى أى من دول القارة الأفريقية

أوضح السيد "اكوشيلى " أن الجائزة تتكون من ثلاث أجزاء : درع و شهادة تقدير و جائزة مالية .تخصص المساهمة المالية للمشروع الخيرى الذى تقوم به الشخصية الحاصلة على الجائزة

تكون الترشيحات المقبولة عن أعمال و أنشطة قام بها المرشح خلال الفترة من أول اكتوبر 2018 حتى سبتمبر 2018 . يتم تقديم الترشيحات على العنوان الألترونى


ذكر السيد "اكوشيلى " أن المرشح المحتمل سيتم اختياره من قبل لجنة من سبعة شخصيات عامة برئاسة د.سليم أحمد سليم رئيس وزراء تنزانيا الأسبق ، و السكرتير العام السابق لمنظمة الوحدة الأفريقية (الإتحاد الأفريقى حاليا ) . يمثل أعضاء اللجنة الأقاليم الأفريقية الخمسة ، و هم

السفيرة / منى عمر ، عن شمال أفريقيا

السيد /أمادو ماهتاريا ، عن غرب أفريقيا

السيدة / جوين ليستر ، عن الجنوب الأفريقى

السيد / باسكال كامبالى ، عن وسط أفريقيا

البروفسور / سيلفبا تامالى ، عن شرق أفريقيا

يتولى السيد " كابيرو يوسف " رئيس مجلس ادارة ديلى تراست ، تمثيل مقدمى الجائزة

تعد هذه الدورة ، هى الثامنة بالنسبة لجائزة " الشخصية الأفريقية لعام 2018 " التى بدأت عام 2016 تعبيرا عن التزام جريدة " ديلى تراست " بالوحدة الأفريقية و التنمية المستدامة فى القارة

أكد السيد " أكوشيلى " ان الجريدة تسعى من خلال هذه الجائزة إلى ترسيخ ثقافة " انكار الذات " بين ابناء الشعوب الأفريقية ، بهدف انشاء قاعدة لشخصيات تعتبر مثل عليا يقتدى بها الآخرون

حصل على جائزة العام الماضى طبيب جراح متخصص فى أمراض النساء هو د. دنيس موكويجى ، و ذلك تقديرا لما بذله من جهود فى القيام بعمليات جراحية لإعادة تأهيل ضحايا الحروب فى جمهورية الكونغو الديمقراطية التى عانت و ما زالت تعانى من ويلات الحروب


آخر موعد لتلقى الترشيحات يوم 30 سبتمبر 2018

Communique de Presse

DAILY TRUST qui est un journal indépendant majeur du Nigeria a lancé un appel à nominations de personnalités exemplaires pour le très convoité Prix de l’Africain de l'année au titre de 2020. Les nominations sont ouvertes du 24 août au 24 octobre 2020, à minuit. Dans une déclaration publiée durant le weekend, le Président Directeur Général intérimaire de Media Trust Limited, les éditeurs de DAILY TRUST, M. Nura Daura, ont déclaré que l’idéal serait que les candidats soient des Africains ordinaires qui ont accompli des réalisations extraordinaires au profit des populations dans n'importe quel domaine et dans n'importe quelle région du continent. M. Daura a révélé que le Prix se compose de trois éléments, à savoir une plaque permanente, un certificat de mérite et une récompense pécuniaire afin d’aider le/la lauréat(e) ou le projet de charité de son choix. Pour le Prix 2020, les inscriptions valides concerneront des travaux, des évènements ou des activités menés par un nominé entre le 1er octobre 2019 et le 30 septembre 2020. Par ailleurs, les nominations sont faites en ligne au site award.dailytrust.com. L’éventuel(le) lauréat(e) sera sélectionné(e) par un Comité du Prix composé de sept membres qui sera présidé par l’ex-Président du Botswana, Son Excellence M. Festus Mogae. Les autres membres du Comité qui représenteront les blocs régionaux de l'Afrique sont: l'Ambassadrice Mona Omar (Afrique du Nord), M. Amadou Mahtar Ba (Afrique de l'Ouest), Mme Gwen Lister (Afrique australe), M. Pascal Kambale (Afrique centrale) et le Professeur Sylvia Tamale (Afrique de l'Est). Le président du Conseil d'Administration de Media Trust Limited, M. Kabiru Yusuf, représentera les promoteurs du Prix. Le PDG intérimaire de DAILY TRUST a souligné que le/la lauréate(e) sera sélectionné(e) strictement sur la base des critères établis et non pas en fonction du nombre des nominations dont il/elle fera l’objet. M. Daura a également révélé que pour l’édition 2020, la cérémonie de remise du Prix de l’Africain de l’Année se tiendra toujours à Abuja, au Nigeria, en janvier 2021 malgré la pandémie actuelle de Covid-19 mais dans le respect strict des protocoles internationaux en matière de tenue d’évènements en période de prévalence du corona virus. Le Prix de l’Africain de l’Année qui en est à sa 13ème édition a été lancé en 2008 par le DAILY TRUST en témoignage de l’engagement du journal en faveur de l’Unité africaine et du développement durable à travers le continent. M. Daura a déclaré qu’avec ce prix annuel, le journal espère enraciner la culture de l'altruisme parmi les Africains afin de créer un pool de modèles que les autres pourront imiter. Le prix inaugural a été décerné à un gynécologue Congolais, Le Docteur Denis Mukwege, en reconnaissance de l’offre humanitaire exemplaire de reconstruction chirurgicale gratuite qu’il avait faite en faveur des victimes de viol en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), déchirée par la guerre. Docteur Denis Mukwege a également remporté le Prix Nobel de la Paix en 2018, soit dix ans après que le DAILY TRUST ait reconnu son remarquable geste humanitaire. L’année dernière, le Prix a été remporté par la très populaire humanitaire Sud-africaine, Rosalia Mashale, pour son engagement à prodiguer des soins affectueux aux orphelins de Khayelitsha, une des communautés les plus sévèrement touchées par l’épidémie du sida à l’échelle mondiale.

..................................................................................................................................... Fait par:  Nura Daura, PDG intérimaire, DAILY TRUST.  Email: nuradaura@dailytrust.com Dimanche, 23 août 2020


The search is on. Help us find that ordinary African doing extra-ordinary things and who is worthy of the 2021 DAILY TRUST African of the Year Award.
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The Criteria

  • Only Citizens of African Countries are eligible for nomination.
  • The nominee’s activities for which s/he is nominated Must be exemplary and significant to African.
  • The contributions can be in any sphere of human endeavours but should be on impact across African boarders.
  • The nomination should be based on actions, events or works that have taken place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
  • Nomination Must be submitted before or at midnight 6th November, else it becomes invalid.

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Photographs of Past Event

Alhaji Isa Funtua launches Media Trust's publication 'Kilimanjaro' at the Daily Trust's African of the Year Award Dinner in Abuja 17,01,18

2017 Award Night

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha hands over a plaque to the African of the Year 2017, Mr Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar

From left: Ambassador Joe Blell; Hayat Mohammed and Jamila A. Yusuf 17,01,18

Presentation of Prize Money

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha hands over a plaque to the African of the Year 2017, Mr Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar
Chairman of the Occasion/Director, MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Kole Shettima, presents the Life- Time Achievement to the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Assem Hanafi, on behalf of Prof. Magdi Habib Yacoub at the even in Abuja. 17,01,18.
Former Botswana president, Festus Mogae, Former Jiagawa Governor, Sule Lamido, Chairman Media Trust Limited, Yusuf Kabiru, and secretary to the Federal government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at Daily Trust African of the year Award dinner in Abuja
From left: Umaru Hadejia; Murtala Aliyu; Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar and Media Trust CEO/Editor �in-Chief, Mannir Dan Ali at the 2017 Daily Trust African of the year award. 17,01,18.
Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha hands over a plaque to the winner of the African of the Year 2017, Mr Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar (left).

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