The CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia received the AAI 2017 Business Leader Award at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States.
Ovia was recognised for his great impact and impart as a leading enterprenuer and philanthropist in Africa by the African-American Institute.
The AAI awards is annual event which showcases Africa’s best individuals who are working to fulfill AAI’s mission of increasing Africa’s human capacity for development and promoting engagement between the African continent and America.
Ovia, founding Group Managing Director and CEO of Zenith Bank, was honoured along with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana (National Achievement); Nicole Amarteifio, (Leadership in African Media and Arts); and Bozoma Saint-John, Chief Brand Officer, UBER (Innovation & Technology) as Africa’s best.
The awards are presented at a special gala night bringing together African Heads of State and diplomats, international and senior U.S. government officials, business and civil society leaders, educators, journalists, philanthropists and other prominent figures who are working towards advancing economic and development progress in Africa.
The Africa-America Institute was set up in 1953 to help increase Africa’s human capacity for development through training and education and recognizes Africans who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in various fields, the intention being to present the award winners at the high profile stage of the UN General Assembly as representatives of the great work going on in Africa.