NEW YORK – On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Globe Afrique Media and Communications, publishers of globeafrique.com will host a forum to discuss THE IBRAHIM PRIZE AND ITS WINNERS: THE CASE OF ITS LATEST AWARDEE, FORMER LIBERIA’S PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF 


Background

Former Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been awarded the Ibrahim Prize barely a month after leaving office as president of Liberia.

According to the Ibrahim Foundation’s rationale, the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is an annual prize awarded to a former African Executive Head of State or Government.

Background

Established by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2007, the Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee composed of eminent figures, including two Nobel Laureates.

The Ibrahim Prize

  • recognizes and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity
  • highlights exceptional role models for the continent,
  • ensures that Africa continues to benefit from the experience and expertise of exceptional leaders when they leave national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent.

Criteria

  • former African Executive Head of State or Government
  • left office in the last three years
  • democratically elected
  • served his/her constitutionally mandated term
  • demonstrated exceptional leadership

With a US$5 million initial payment, plus $200,000 a year for life, the prize is believed to be the world’s largest, exceeding the $1.3m Nobel Peace Prize. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, former United States President Bill Clinton, and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are among those who have welcomed the initiative.

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded in 2007, 2008, 2011 and in 2014. Former South African president Nelson Mandela was an honorary laureate.

Prize Committee

Since its inauguration, has the Ibrahim Prize been awarded in line with its intended purpose?  Is the award making an impact, if any? Or, is it just another ‘political’ scheme intended to memorialize a fortunate and rich African who instead of helping malnourished kids across the African continent has chosen to give away part of his unlimited fortune to powerful friends and individuals in Africa with whom he has dined and associated?

These and much more are issues we will be looking on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in our open discussion that will also feature a cross-section of people from across the United States, Africa, and the world.

Join us (host Lawrence Kou Kennedy and Jones Nhinson Williams) to participate in an Open and General Discussion Regarding the issues and challenges highlighted above.

NOTE: Invite friends and family on the call; it’s Toll-Free.  It’s important that we all participate in our continent’s political, social and economic affairs because real and genuine change can only be realized if everyone contributes.


 

Time: 3 p.m. (New York’s time)/8:00 p.m. (Liberia’s time| GMT)

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Guests:

Open Forum.  All participants are welcomed to the forum and discussion.