The Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper beat Omonia Nicosia keeper Francis Uzoho and El Kanemi Warriors shot-stopper Adamu Abubakar to the award.
The former Chippa United player was Nigeria's first-choice keeper at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt after Francis Uzoho got injured.
Akpeyi has managed to maintain his form after returning to Chiefs at the beginning of the current campaign and displacing legend Itumeleng Khune as Chiefs' number one goalkeeper.
Akpeyi could not attend the awards ceremony at in Lagos but responded via Instagram to express his delight at winning the accolade. He wrote:
"I want to thank you for nominating me to be the best goalkeeper of the year and I want to thank the organizers who made this possible,
"Thank you for this prestigious award. It is quite unfortunate that I won’t be around to receive this award myself due to club engagements and I want to say well done to all the nominees, they have done extremely well in their personal Capacities and in their clubs and countries.
"Thank you to everyone who has believed in me, it is because of you that I have come this far and I promise to give my best." It is interesting to see how Nigerians will react to this nomination.