Dynamic career women and Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank IBTC Nigeria Sola David-Borha was honoured as Business Women of the Year – West Africa at the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards, recently held in Lagos.
The AABLA, now in its sixth year, honours game-changing business leaders in a variety of categories and recognises the visionaries who have shaped the African economy, many of them of the ‘fairer sex’. Regional events have already been staged in three major cities throughout the continent.
In an interview with CNBC Africa's Onyi Sunday at the distinguished event, Ms David-Borha revealed that she felt honoured, but also humbled at receiving the Business Women of the Year award, as it means that all her years of hard work and sacrifice were not in vain. She also shared that, as a women, it is encouraging to be recognised for doing business in a very difficult environment.
Sola David-Borha has been a successful leader in Nigeria for a number of years. Prior to serving as Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank IBTC Nigeria, Ms David-Borha served as the CEO of Stanbic IBTC PLC from May 2011. She credits hard work as key to great success.
When asked by the CNBC Africa interviewer what advice she has to give to ambitious women who want to follow in her footsteps, Ms David-Borha says: “Don’t lose your courage. No matter the odds, no matter the difficulties, keep moving forward one step at a time and you’ll be surprised by how far you can go.”
The All Africa Business Leaders Awards ceremonies culminate in the AABLA All Africa Grand Finale, to be held in Johannesburg on 11 November, at which the West African winners will compete against their peers from around the continent for recognition as the best in business.