According to a statement on Forbes, Mohammed Dewji has been announced as the “Person Of The Year” by Forbes Africa, which is a licensed franchise of Forbes.
The annual Forbes Africa Person of the Year Awards was inaugurated in 2012 and seeks to honor the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on business on the continent. Since its inception, some of the individuals who have won the award include James Mwangi, the CEO of Kenya’s Equity Bank; Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank; and Africa’s richest man, Nigerian cement tycoon Aliko Dangote.
Dewji, 40, is the fourth man to be named Person of the Year. He clinched the honor after beating other nominees, who included Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the wife of South Africa’s President; Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari; Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Arumna Oteh, a Nigerian technocrat and Vice President of the World Bank.
According to Wikipedia, Mohammed Gulam Dewji is a Tanzanian businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former politician. He represented the Singida Urban constituency in the National Assembly from 2005 to 2015; when he announced that he was resigning from active politics. He owns 75% of MeTL Group and serves as its Chief Executive Officer.
In March 2015 Forbes magazine named him as the 31st richest person in Africa, with his net worth an estimated US $1.25 billion, having also been the first billionaire in Tanzanian Forbes magazine in 2013
While accepting his award at a ceremony which was held last Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dewji dedicated the Person of the Year Award to his employees and to Tanzania’s youth.
“This is not my award; it is neither for my wife, father, mother or any member of my family, but for Tanzanians who have been employed in my company or are working in my farms,” he said.