The second edition of the Forty under 40 Awards ends nominations on Friday 17th August. The awards seek to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age of 40 from a wide range of industries.
The scheme rewards young business leaders who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service, and have risen through the ranks of their companies or industries at a relatively young age.
The maiden awards gala, which came off at the Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel, brought together about 350 guests and 121 nominees. It is an initiative of Xodus Communications Limited.
“We believe that by putting the spotlight on these young achievers it will not only celebrate them but also build a strong platform for them, by giving a voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters while building a positive attitude in our youth to strive for excellence at a tender age,” Richard Abbey Jnr., CEO of Xodus Communications said.
The second edition of the awards, slated for 13th October, 2018 at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, is endorsed by the Ministry of Business Development, National Youth Authority and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme. It is supervised by an awarding board comprising Prof. Atta Peters; Dr. Paul Fynn; Prof. Essilfie Conduah; Dr. Ato Conduah; and Dr. Ken Kwaku.
“Our awarding board is seeking outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors; and will recognise attributes such as achievements in business, experience and innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement. We aim to recognise and celebrate 40 emerging leaders under the age 40 who demonstrate or impact personally/professionally through exceptional leadership,” he added.
The award categories cover a wide range of all the various sectors ranging from banking and finance, health and wellness, human resource and development, education, Insurance, Investment and pensions, law, government and government agencies, manufacturing, logistics and supplies, real estate development, and sales and technology and innovations.
Others include marketing/advertising/communications, mining and natural resources, family business, agriculture, theatre and arts, journalism, fashion, law, sports, event management, food/catering/beverages, oil and gas, beauty and lifestyle, aviation, media, transport/automotive, hospitality, safety and security, technology and innovation.
The rest are travel and tourism, shipping and maritime, music and entertainment, energy, philanthropy and non-profit, printing/press and publishing, social enterprise and community development, consultancy and professional services, telecom & mobile/software development and authorship and creative writing.