Executive Director of Xodus Communications, Richard Abbey Junior and Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif.

Xodus Communications Limited has nominated seven renowned personalities across the African continent to render an impartial service to select winners ahead of the maiden edition of the Forty Under 40 Africa award slated for March 26, 2022 at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Accra- Ghana.

The Forty under 40 Africa Award is a scheme which seeks to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the continent’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age forty from a wide range of industries.

This includes people committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service and those who have risen through the ranks of their companies or industries at a relatively young age.

The committee members include, the Head of Jury, Kris Senanu, the Chief Enterprise Business Officer of Safaricom (Representing, Eastern Africa), the Executive Director of Youth Hub Africa, Rotimi Olawale (Representing Western Africa), Chief Executive Officer of Koola Waters, Ruth Mawia (Representing Eastern Africa), Creative Director of Goodwall Changemakers, Ashley Mupfawa (Representing Southern Africa), also Erick Inghatt Matsanza, Founder of Spice Without Borders (Representing Eastern Africa).

Others are Farouk Khailann the Chief Executive Officer of Premium Africa Holdings (Representing the people of Western Africa) and Nemfor Alfred, the CEO of FIAFA Cameroun ( Representing Central Africa).

Speaking to the media after the inauguration of the jury , Executive Director of Xodus Communications Limited, Richard Abbey Junior said the purpose of the jury is to seek for outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in the public and private and non-profit sectors with recognized attributes such as achievements in business, experience and innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement.

“I’m very confident that the jury will produce an outstanding results that will help not only to celebrate the winners but also build a strong platform for them by giving a voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters whiles building a positive attitude in our youth to strive for excellence at a tender age”, he said.

Purpose of the awards scheme

To recognize and celebrate emerging leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate or impact personally and/ or professionally through their exceptional leadership.

To encourage the youth to understand that excellence and success can be achieved at a very tender age.

To help shape the narrative on Africa by highlighting the best stories of positive change from young change makers in their various fields of endeavor.

Eligibility requirement

Nominees must be a citizen of any of the 55 African nations, living on the continent or in the Diaspora. They must be nominated by someone else other than the proposed award recipient.

Nominees with repeated submissions will have no advantage over those with one nomination. The selection process is not swayed by the number of nominations an individual receives.

Nominations cannot be anonymous and letters of recommendation, Social Security, and Company Tax Documents are required.

Nominee must still be under the age of 40 or 40 in the year of the event. 

Nominee must be an Entrepreneur, Shareholder, Founder, or Co-Founder of a company.


Xodus Communications is a concept development and events management company with over 10 years of professional experience. The company has a broad market niche and employs proactive marketing strategies and techniques to achieve customer expected results.

It also puts the client at the centre of all servicing model ensuring that the focus is on the client.

The company is committed to fulfilling its obligation of building a better, stronger and more reliable partnership for future generations. This will be done by protecting the Xodus brand, meeting commitments to clients and stakeholders and acting with an owner mentality.

The company has consulted for both local and international brands such as Procter & Gamble , Reckitt Benckister, Kimo Homes, British Council, Africa Leadership Magazine, Worldview International, Data Protection Commission, Stanbic Bank, and JP Trustees Limited.

Others are Juwel Energy, Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Ghana Enterprise Agency, B5 plus Group, Access Bank, Graphic Communications, Far East Mercantile, Konfidant, Ministry of Communications, National Cyber Security and more.

Partners for the event include the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Tourism, Konfidant – Research Team and Bryan Morel Communications.

All nominations must be submitted using the online nomination process.

Nominations and supporting materials must be received not later than 15th December 2021. Extensions to this date will be granted if the need be.

Each winner is expected to accept their award on stage at the awards ceremony on 26th March 2022 at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel-Ghana – Accra.

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