African Leaders fall short of Mo Ibrahim Award Criteria

By Friday Nwosu

African leaders have continued to fall short of the criteria set out by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for the award of $5 million to exemplary ex-head of states that have distinguished themselves while in office.

According to a report by African Sun times, no African leader was good enough to qualify for the Award this year, making it the six consecutive times that the foundation has found no African leader meeting all its requirements to be considered for the very prestigious award established in 2007. The last award being that of 2014.

In 2007, The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Established the African Leadership Award, Guaranteeing a Whopping $5 Million to the winner, who left office as President or Prime Minister, Without Much Blemish.

Previous prize winners were Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia in 2014, Pedro Pires of Cape Verde in 2011, Festus Mogae of Botswana in 2008 and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007. Nelson Mandela was named the inaugural honorary laureate in 2007.

The founder of the prize is Mo Ibrahim, a British mobile phone magnate born in Sudan. His foundation also issues an annual index of the quality of governance in every country in Africa.

Mauritius, Cape Verde, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia top the current index with the highest average scores on safety and rule of law, human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

The stated aims of the foundation are to “bring about meaningful change on the continent, by providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance”.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives: Ibrahim Index of; African Governance; Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership; Ibrahim Forum and Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships.

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