Every year, Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI) invites B2B editors, publishers and art directors from around the world to submit their entries for the annual ‘Tabbie Awards’.

This year’s award ceremony (2017), was held at TABPI headquarters in Cleveland, USA and showcased more than 400 nominated entries, out of the thousands of international publications that participated.

Based on editorial and design work excellence, only 25 publications placed in the competition’s most competitive category, that of ‘Best Single-Issue magazine’. Of those 25 publications, The Afropolitan Magazine placed in the Top 10.

“It’s a very proud moment for our company and for The Afropolitan brand to be recognised as one of the world’s Top 10 magazines, and to be able to represent Africa on an International stage,” said Contact Media CEO Sean Press.

The 2017 Tabbie Awards marked Contact Media, and The Afropolitan magazine’s, first ever entry into the globally recognised competition and TABPI president, Paul J. Heney, congratulated the magazine by saying, "The Afropolitan was a strong contender in this year's Tabbie Awards competition. Its lively mix of brilliant photography and dynamic layout design was nicely balanced with approachable reporting on interesting subjects. Breaking into the top 10 of the ‘Best Single Issue’ category – our programme's most comprehensive – was an impressive feat."

On the back of the Afropolitan magazine’s smash-hit, 50th anniversary celebration, the magazine has further done publishing house Contact Media & Communications proud by placing in the Top 10 of the ‘Best Single Issue’ category of the Tabbie Awards.

This is definitely not the last that TABPI will see of The Afropolitan Magazine. Contact Media & Communications strives to create a lasting impression, and will continue to deliver and significantly build on their editorial and design excellence with each and every issue going forward.