Winner, 2015 Daily Trust African of the Year

Gregoire Ahongbonon, a national of the Republic of Benin, has emerged as the winner of the 2015 Daily Trust African of the Year for his humanitarian work to the indigent in parts of Africa.

Announcing the winner of the prestigious award in Accra, Ghana, the chair of the selection committee, former Tanzanian Prime Minister, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, described the awardee as an unsung African, who has committed himself to alleviating the suffering of the underprivileged in the society.

“After a thorough process of screening and discussion among committee members, we are pleased to announce that the 2015 African of the Year is Gregoire Ahongbonon, a national of the Republic of Benin, who is doing extra-ordinary work in caring for under-privileged people with mental disabilities,” Dr. Salim said.

Ahongbonon’s St. Camille Association mission, which is based in Cote d’Ivoire, offers care, support and help to the mentality ill and also assists in their reintegration into the society.

The Award

The ‘African of the Year’ is an annual event organised by DAILY TRUST, Nigeria’s leading newspaper as part of our contribution to Africa’s development, integration and cohesion.

Since 2008 when it started, the award had recognised six African personalities for their wonderful contributions to the well-being of people across the continent namely: Dr. Dennis Mukwege (Congo DR) 2008, Late Dr. Tajudeen Abdulraheem 2009, Mr. Danny Jordaan 2010, Mme Fatimata Bazaye 2011, Mr. Thabo Mbeki 2012 and Mr. Donald Kaberuka 2013.

The event has succeeded in entrenching not only the philosophy for selflessness among citizens but is also recognised as a veritable tool for enhancing regional co-operation in Africa.

Prize Committee

The prize committee is chaired by Dr. Salim A. Salim (former Prime Minister of Tanzania and ex-scribe of African Union, AU). Other members are appointed from Africa’s regional blocs.


  • 30 September
  • Nomination of individuals
  • for the prestigious award
  • came to a close.


African of the year award was conceived in 2008 by DAILY TRUST, Nigeria’s leading newspaper, to recognise and reward ordinary Africans doing extra-ordinary positive contribution to humanity in any part of the continent. DAILY TRUST hopes to achieve the following:

  1. Entrench the culture of selflessness and
  2. Enhance the overall visibility of African heroes as role-models for others

The award

The award consists of three components: a permanent Plaque, Certificate and a cash reward of USD50, 000, courtesy of UBA Plc, Africa’s global Bank.

Criteria for nomination

To qualify for the award your submission MUST meet the following conditions:

  • All nominations MUST be made via this website.
  • Nomination should be based on action, event or work that has taken place between October (of the preceding year and September (of the award year)
  • Nomination MUST be submitted on or before midnight September 30 else it becomes invalid
  • Only citizens of African countries are eligible for nomination
  • The nominee’s activity for which s/he is nominated MUST be of Positive impact to Africa and by a person of integrity
  • The contribution can be in any sphere of human endeavours but SHOULD be significant with impact across borders


Danny Jordaan

2010 Award night

Salifou Fatimata Bazeye

2011 Award night

Donald Kaberuka

2013 Award Night

Presentation of Prize Money

2013 Award Night

Thabo Mbeki

2012 Award Night

Dennis Mukwege

2008 Award Night

Thabo Mbeki's Acceptance Speech

2012 Award Night

Contact Information

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Utako District, Abuja, FCT