Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria’s Central Bank governor has been voted ‘Africa Person of the Year’ by Forbes magazine.
Mr Sanusi, 50, who graces the cover of the January 2012 issue has been leading reforms in Nigeria’s banking sector since his appointment in 2009. When receiving the award, he said the central bank’s role was not to create jobs but to create an environment for business to thrive.
The central bank bailed out nine banks and removed their chief executives who were accused of fraudulent practices.
He beat five other candidates for the inaugural award – including Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.