Dangote Cement, Zenith Bank PLC and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated have emerged amongst highly rated West African companies listed for an award ceremony by Forbes Africa that will hold in Lagos.

Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of Nigeria's Dangote Group speaks during the final session of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town June 6, 2008.

A statement by Forbes Africa holding on Thursday revealed that the event, titled, ‘The Top Listed West African Companies” was a celebration of the success of risk takers and job creators in the West African sub-region.

Companies on the list include Zenith Bank, Dangote Cement Plc, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated and Cote d’Ivoire’s Soc Africaine De Plantations.

The statement added that the event, which would be hosted by Pan-African Event Company, ABN Productions and Forbes Africa Magazine, was an initiative aimed to encourage organisations to strive for sustained excellence and to promote their profiles in Nigeria and around the world.

The list covers the top 25 companies in the West African capital market comprising the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Ghanaian Stock Exchange and the Abidjan-based Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières SA (Regional Securities Exchange SA) or BRVM.

Speakers expected at the event include the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema, and Managing Editor, Forbes Africa, Mr. Chris Bishop.

The event is the first of a series of awards organised by ABN Productions with broadcast partner CNBC Africa and it is expected to bring together listed West African companies that operate across a variety of sectors.