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Former President Sirleaf awarded Mo Ibrahim Prize

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Former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been awarded the Five-Million United States Dollars Mo Ibrahim Prize for outstanding African Leadership.

The former Liberian Leader is the first African female to receive the award.

Former President Sirleaf was praised for her tireless effort in rebuilding Liberia after nearly 15 years of civil war and after initiating a process that led to national reconciliation in the country.

The Prize Committee admitted that while Madam Sirleaf was accused of tolerating corruption during her reign, she, however, showed exceptional leadership under difficult circumstances.

The Committee also noted that Liberia was the only country, out of 54,to improve every category and sub-category of the Ibrahim index of African Governance.

The former Liberian President is the fifth recipient of the price since 2002,which is intended to celebrate African leaders who governed their countries well, raising the living standards of their people.

The prize will be spread over a ten year period and will be followed by additional Two-hundred-thousand United States Dollars a year for life.


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