No winner of Mo Ibrahim Prize

African Update – 23/06/10

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which gives recognition to African leaders, has announced no winner for the Mo Ibrahim Prize this year.

Dr. Mo Ibrahim is a highly respected Afrikan entrepreneur from Sudan who made his fortune in the tele communication industry. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is his brainchild. He launched the Prize for Achievement in Afrikan Leadership in 2006 through his Foundation. The Prize is to reward a former Afrikan leader who worked hard during the time in office to contribute enormously to the socio-economic development of his or her country very importantly to have peacefully and democratically relinguish power to the successor at the end of his or her official term as stipulated by the country's constitution. The Mo Ibrahim Prize is worth 5 million dollars for a period of ten years. In 2007, the first Prize was won by former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique. The winner of the second Prize in 2008, was Festus Mogae the former President of Botswana. Former President Nelson Mandela of South Afrika was made an honorary recipient of the award in 2007.

But in 2009, no former Afrikan leader was selected by the Prize Committee to receive the award. This trend has continued in 2010, when the Committee of eminent person led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced recently that, there is still no winner for the Prize this year. This however, is puzzling to many observers who are quick to point out some potential credible candidates for the award like former Presidents Mbeki of South Afrika, Obasanjo of Nigeria and Kufour of Ghana.

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