Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), has been named one of the most influential Africans.
In new rankings released by Jeune Afrique, the French language pan-African magazine, Prof. Oramah was listed at number 59 in the ranking of the 100 most influential Africans.
In naming the President among the group, Jeune Afrique cited his decisive role in driving economic integration in Africa, noting that, under his leadership, Afreximbank had deployed a series of financial instruments, including letters of credit, commercial guarantees, loans, etc., in support of African economic integration.
According to Jeune Afrique, Afreximbank has also successfully attracted many new countries to join it as participating states and organized the first Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo in 2018. It also noted the Bank’s record results in 2017 when it attained a net profit of $220 million.
The first three slots in the ranking went to Denis Mukwege, the Congolese doctor awarded the Nobel Prize for his work with victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the Algerian people for successfully driving political change in their country; and Aliko Dangote, Africa’s leading business man.