African Banker Awards 2018 Shortlist reflects another strong year in African banking, driven by innovation and resilient markets

Nominees for the 2018 African Banker Awards have been announced. This year’s shortlist sees another strong year for banks from Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya. Ecobank, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered, which have a large footprint across the continent also feature across several categories


The Awards, which are hosted by African Banker magazine, will be held during the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the end of May in Busan, South Korea. The finalists, selected by an expert judging panel of bankers and business leaders will be announced at the African Banker Awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 22nd May.

Chair of the Awards Committee, Omar Ben Yedder, the Group Publisher and Managing Director of IC Publications Group which publishes African Banker, said that he was once again impressed by the quality and breadth of entries this year.

“We saw McKinsey earlier in the year releasing a very positive report analysing the banking landscape in Africa. The entries reaffirm their findings when they say Africa’s banking market are amongst the most exciting in the world. The categories that caught my eye were innovation in banking – and this year’s entries reflect the transformative role of fintech and also blockchain technology – as well as deal of the year, which is every year a very competitive category.  Equity markets were a little slower in 2017, but we saw some interesting deals on the debt side and also transformative infrastructure financing structures. The quality of the entries, and sophistication of the solutions being presented, reflect a buoyant sector in continuous evolution.”

The shortlisted entries are:

African Banker of the Year:

Mohamed El Kettani – Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco

James Mwangi – Equity Group Holdings Plc, Kenya

Joshua Oigara – KCB, Kenya

Segun Agbaje – Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria

African Bank of the Year:

Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco

Equity Group Holdings, Kenya

Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria

The Mauritius Commercial Bank, Mauritius

Standard Chartered

Best Retail Bank in Africa:

Barclays, Zambia


KCB, Kenya

Millennium BIM, Mozambique

SBM Holdings, Mauritius

Investment Bank of the Year:

Barclays Africa Group


FNBQuest Merchant Bank, Nigeria

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered

Award for Financial Inclusion:

Fourth Generation Capital Limited, Kenya

Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc, Morocco

Baobab Group, France

Equity Group, Kenya

JUMO World, South Africa

Award for Innovation in Banking:

Agricultural Finance Corporation, Kenya

Ubuntu Coin

Banque Nationale pour le Développement Economique, Senegal


SBM Holdings, Mauritius

Socially Responsible Bank of the Year:

Barclays Bank, Zambia

BMCE Bank of Africa, Morocco

Equity Group, Kenya

First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria

KCB Group, Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, Kenya

Deal of the Year – Equity:

ADES IPO – EFG Hermes, Egypt

First Rand Acquisition of Aldermore PLC – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa

GAPCO sale to Total – Standard Chartered, South Africa

Long4Life IPO – Standard Bank, South Africa

Steinhoff Africa Retail Listing – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa

Vodacom Tanzania IPO – National Bank of Commerce and Absa CIB, Tanzania

Deal of the Year – Debt: 

$300m Diaspora Bond – Standard Bank/FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Nigeria

$540 First Rand Asia Focused syndication – Standard Chartered, UK

Cape Town Green Bond – RMB, South Africa

Dufil Prima Foods – Standard Bank, South Africa

Nokeng Fluorspar – Fieldstone, South Africa

Viathan – Renaissance Capital, Nigeria

Infrastructure Deal of the Year:

Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund – Chapel Hill Denham, Nigeria

Nacala Railway and Port Corridor – Standard Bank SA / RMB, South Africa

FIRST – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa

AEE Power Project – RMB, Namibia

Individual recognition will also be given in the categories for the Regional Bank winners, Central Bank Governor of the Year, Finance Minister of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

For more information : http://africanbankerawards.com/

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