Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has been nominated for Forbes Africa “Person of the Year Awards 2016” award.
The “Person of the Year Awards 2016” award aims at rewarding “the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on business on the year gone by”.
The Forbes Africa Person of the Year Awards has, since its inception in 2011, attracted the highest caliber of nominees from across the continent.
Born 29 October 1959, Magufuli has been the President of Tanzania since 2015.
First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.
Standing as the candidate of the ruling CCM, he won the October 2015 presidential election and was sworn in on 5 November 2015.
The son of a peasant farmer, Magufuli won the election to become Tanzania’s next president on his 56th birthday yet he was never part of the inner-circle of the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.
As works minister, he was reputed to be a no-nonsense, results-driven politician.
He was nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for driving a programme to build roads across the country owing to his corruption-free reputation.
He performed push-ups on the campaign trail to prove he was fit and pledged to end power shortages and exploit Tanzania’s natural gas discoveries.
Those close to him say he is keen on details and when he embarks on an assignment he pursues it to completion although this very trait has cost him friends.
His critics say he is very abrasive, and he received a lot of criticism for auctioning off state-owned homes to government employees and the public.
Married with five children, Magufuli was born in north-western Tanzania’s Chato district along the shores of Lake Victoria.
Once a maths and chemistry teacher, he went on to become an industrial chemist – and was awarded a doctorate in chemistry from Dar es Salaam University in 2009.
Magufuli is a staunch Catholic who loves singing in the church choir and playing traditional drums.
Magufuli’s cost-cutting measures sent ripples across the continent and earned him a name on the table of favourite African politicians.
Other nominees for FORBES AFRICA PERSON OF THE YEAR 2016:
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