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 The Business Council for Africa (BCA) Announces Nominees for African Business Book of the Year.

The Business Council for Africa (BCA) ( is proud to announce the nominees for the inaugural African Business Book of the Year award. The prize is designed to recognise and celebrate business-related stories from the continent and encourage more high-quality writing on business, economics, and management in Africa.

The nominees for the African Business Book of the Year award are:

  • Leaving the Tarmac: Buying a Bank in Africa by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede
  • Africa: Open for Business by Dr Deanne De Vries
  • Imported: Locking in Africa’s Value(s) by Chuks Ibechukwu
  • Blood and Diamonds: Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa by Steven Press
  • The Time-Travelling Economist: Why Education, Electricity and Fertility Are Key to Escaping Poverty by Charlie Robertson
  • Africa 2.0: Inside a Continent’s Communications Revolution by Russell Southwood
  • Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed van by Olivier Beemen
  • Africa’s Shadow Rise: China and the Mirage of African Economic Development (Politics and Development in Contemporary Africa) by Pádraig Carmody, Peter Kragelund and Ricardo Reboredo
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The nominees were selected from a pool of submissions by the Organising Committee. This shortlist will be presented to a panel of judges consisting of leading business scholars, journalists, and industry experts. The judges (see list below) will evaluate each submission based on criteria such as originality, relevance, and impact on the field of African business and economics.

“We are thrilled to announce the nominees for the African Business Book of the Year,” said Arnold Ekpe, Chairperson of the BCA and author of the recently published book The Bush Banker. “These authors have made significant contributions to the field of African business and economics, and their works have the potential to inspire the next generation of business leaders in Africa and beyond.”

The winner of the African Business Book of the Year will be announced at the BCA Awards ceremony, which will take place on May 3rd at The Africa Centre, London. The ceremony will bring together leaders from business, academia, and government to celebrate the achievements of African business and culture.

The winner and the runners-up will be presented prizemoney of $17,500 (respectively $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500).

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This year’s panel of judges will consist of experts on business, renowned academics and publishers, including: Arnold Ekpe, Chairperson, BCA, chair of the Judging Committee; Chris Ogbechie, Dean of Lagos Business School; Arunma Otteh, Chair of the Royal African Society; Moky Makura, CEO, AfricaNoFilter; Terhas Berhe, Managing Director and Founder of Brand Communications; Omar Ben Yedder, Publisher of African Business, African Banker and New African magazines and Anver Versi, Editor of New African and African Banker magazine.

For more information about the BCA African Business Book of the Year and the BCA Awards ceremony, please visit

For more information on the African Book of the Year award or any related media inquiries please contact Constance Haasz at [email protected]

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About BCA: 
Since 1956, the BCA has been connecting Africa to the international business community. Its various programmes seek to promote and facilitate its objective of promoting African business, trade and commerce. Through its scholarship programmes, the BCA invests in the next generation of African business leaders through grants and bursaries. In 2017 BCA and Invest Africa announced a merger of their respective businesses. As of May 2018, the two organisations have operated as Invest Africa sharing The Business Council for Africa’s well-known logo. In May 2018 a formal merger of the commercial divisions of the business was signed with The Business Council for Africa, now BCA to differentiate, its status and image as ‘a not for profit company’ limited by the guarantee of its directors emphasised, is uniquely available to use its funds for philanthropic and similar purposes in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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