The AABLA regional awards for East Africa were held in Nairobi on September 20 and it was televised across the continent. Going into Saturday's award function as a finalist on a two-man shortlist, Manoj went on to win the East Africa Entrepreneur of the Year category.
On announcing Manoj Shanker as the winner, the jury said, "This award recognises the achievements of one who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing a business in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing best values in the workplace and in their lives. Manoj has shown exemplary qualities and unwavering passion as an entrepreneur, leader and as a person. He has empowered lives across Africa, has been a game changer in his industry and has positively influenced the economies in Africa. This award not only recognises his achievements but also thanks him for his work and his positive influence."
In his acceptance speech, Manoj Shanker said, "I am greatly humbled and honoured to be receiving this award. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to CNBC Africa for this honour. I did not make the journey here alone. Numerous people have supported me along the way."
He added, "When I moved to Africa 16 years ago, I was inspired by the amount of young talent Africa has. It has motivated and inspired me throughout all the years. I would like to dedicate this award to all the young people I work with. I consider it an honour to have the opportunity to be able to work with an amazing team that is spread across 23 countries globally who continue to inspire me every day. I am one of those fortunate people who goes home knowing that I make a difference in my community and in Africa by empowering lives. I would also like to thank my Chairman, Mr Mahesh Patel for all his support and wisdom throughout the years. Last but not least, I would like to thank my family for all the love and support they have given me. Thank you once again for this award, I am truly honoured."
Winners from all regions will get together for the final Africa awards to be held in Durban, South Africa on November 14, 2014.
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