Kenya, Nigeria and Moroccan banks dominate Africa awards shortlist

The awards will be held at the end of May in Busan, South Korea.

KCB Group and Equity Bank (Kenya), Attijariwafa Bank (Morocco) and Guaranty Trust Bank (Nigeria) are among lenders that have been nominated in several categories reflecting a strong year in Africa's banking market.

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, May 22.

The 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.

Below is the full list of the shortlisted entries:

African Banker of the Year:

African Bank of the Year:

Best Retail Bank in Africa:

Investment Bank of the Year:

Award for Financial Inclusion:

Award for Innovation in Banking:

Socially Responsible Bank of the Year:

Deal of the Year – Equity: 

Deal of the Year – Debt: 

Infrastructure Deal of the Year:

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.

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