The 7th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in Partnership with CNBC Africa has announced the winners of the West Africa leg at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos. VIP guests, media and stakeholders joined the West Africa finalists, as they went head to head for the sought-after AABLA regional trophy, in their individual categories. Speaking at the event, Executive Director ABN group West Africa, Frederic Van de vyver noted: “Tonight is about celebrating these entrepreneurs and their great leadership. When one looks at the characteristics that is associated with leadership – such as vision, confidence, and determination – we all agree that these are often characteristics required for success. Coupled with this one also believes that truly effective leaders are distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.” The AABLA West Africa winners were announced as follows: Young Business Leader of the Year Presented by Lancaster University Ghana Alloysius Attah, Co-Founder and CEO of Farmerline Business Woman of the Year Oluwatoyin Sanni, Group CEO of United Capital Group Entrepreneur of the Year Mustapha Njie, CEO of TAF Africa Homes Company of the Year Guaranty Trust Bank Business Leader of the Year Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank The winners will now go on to compete with Southern and East African winners in the AABLA Finale on November 30th in Sandton, which will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on December 7th. The AABLA West Africa judging process was done in conjunction with Lagos Business School. The highlights of the West Africa AABLA will be broadcast on CNBC Africa on November 9th at 9pm CAT.