AOP Honors OPEC Secretary General and Big Five Energy Award Winners at AOP 2018

Major players in Africa’s oil and gas sector were honored at the Energy Coalitions Gala Dinner and Awards on September 5 at the third Africa Oil & Power conference.

Presenting the Africa Oil Man of the Year award, the CEO of Africa Oil & Power Guillaume Doane said the awards celebrated deserving individuals and institutions. He described the AOP 2018 theme, Energy Coalitions, as “cooperation, collaboration, communication, trade and investment, friendship and brotherhood.”


Receiving the Africa Oil Man of the Year award, Secretary General of OPEC H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo said: “We would like to thank the AOP advisory board for bestowing us with such an accolade. We consider ourselves fortunate to … be among such an elite audience of the oil and gas industry captains and peers.” He added that OPEC interpreted the accolade as recognition of the work of a remarkable group of petroleum producing countries.

“Thankfully, our tireless efforts have borne fruit. Our industry is in a much healthier place than it was two years ago” said Barkindo.

Former Zambian President H.E. Rupiah Bwezani Banda awarded Prince Arthur Eze, Chairman of Atlas Petroleum International and Oranto Petroleum with the AOP Lifetime Achievement award. Accepting his accolade, Prince Eze said: “I am very grateful and would like to thank AOP for bringing industry players together and for honoring me with this prestigious lifetime achievement award.”

CEO of Centurion and Chairman of the African Energy Chamber NJ Ayuk announced the recipients of the Big Five Energy awards. AOP’s annual ceremony honors industry leaders who have made a notable impact on the African energy industry in the past year.

The recipients of the 2018 Big Five Energy Awards were:

  •  South African Minister of Energy Hon. Jeff Radebe
  • South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth
  •  Steve Jenkins, Chairman of Savannah Petroleum
  •  Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President and Chairman, Afreximbank
  •  Block I Partners, Equatorial Guinea


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