Former Liberia President Ellen Johnson has bagged the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The winner is vetted by an independent Prize Committee who go over the nominees and select the winner.
In their citation, the Prize Committee praised Ellen Johnson for her exceptional and transformative leadership against a backdrop of unprecedented and renewed challenges. Johnson was at the helm of Liberia politics and steered it away from a devastating civil war.
“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led a process of reconciliation that focused on building a nation and its democratic institutions,” said the Chair of the Prize Committee, Dr Salim Ahmed Salim.
“Throughout her two terms in office, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Liberia. Such a journey cannot be without some shortcomings and, today, Liberia continues to face many challenges. Nevertheless, during her twelve years in office, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf laid the foundations on which Liberia can now build.”
Ellen Johnson became the President of Liberia on January 16th, 2006 after she won the …read more
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