Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Receives The Ibrahim Award For Outstanding Leadership In Africa

Saturday 28th April 2018

The 2018 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend 2018

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, last night accepted the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a special Leadership Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.

Speaking to guests from Rwanda and around the world, President Sirleaf said: “As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth… My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, ‘I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.’ The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.”

The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is a US$5 million award paid over 10 years, and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter.

Presenting the Prize to President Sirleaf, Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee, said: “She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, and may I add, men, in public service.”

Praising President Sirleaf, Alassane Ouattara, President of neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire, said: “Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.”

Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “It is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda.”

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, said: “Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions. During our time in office we must work as hard as we can to do the right things for our people’s future.”

The Leadership Ceremony is at the heart of the 2018 Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which takes place in a different African country each year. 

Shows: Natural Sound and English and French Speech 

Channel 1 (Left Mono): English and Natural Sound; Channel 2 (Right Mono): French translation

1. Exterior views of the Kigali Conference Centre

2. Interiors shots and forum hall

3. Former South African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel walking with former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

4. Former President of Cape Verde and 2011 Ibrahim Prize laureate Pedro Pires arriving in hall

5. Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arriving in hall with Rwandan President Paul Kagame

6. Dancers and music

7. Wide shot of Kagame on stage

8. Kagame saying: Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions.

9. Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, saying: Brothers and sisters, it is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda. Nobody really addressed the gender issue as comprehensively as this country.

10. Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Outarra on stage

11. Outarra saying: Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.  

12. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee speaking about President Sirleaf: She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, in public service. and may I add, not only to women but an inspiration to men.

13. Audience applauding

14. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and Ibrahim 2017 Prize laureate on stage.

15. Sirleaf saying: As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth.

16. Sirleaf saying: My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, “I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.” The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.

17. Presidents, former presidents and prize committee members gather on stage

18. Liberian singer Phionah Mbabazi supported by her band and dancers from the Nyundo School of Music

19. Liberian band The Ben performing also supported by a band from the Nyundo School of Music.   

 

Other: Notes to Editors

 

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

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

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa at the Tipping Point (2017), Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

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. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde). The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate - President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Contacts:

Sophie Masipa

masipa.s@moibrahimfoundation.org

Tel: +44-79-7551-4000

Daniel Rivkin

daniel@rivkinmedia.com

+1-917-817-6323

Media releases, photographs and other detailed resources will be available for all media.

You will be able to watch the Broadcast live on the Foundation’s website.

You can follow the Foundation on Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Suggested hashtags to comment #MIFKigali

 

Further contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, last night accepted the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a special Leadership Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.

Speaking to guests from Rwanda and around the world, President Sirleaf said: “As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth… My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, ‘I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.’ The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.”

The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is a US$5 million award paid over 10 years, and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter.

Presenting the Prize to President Sirleaf, Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee, said: “She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, and may I add, men, in public service.”

Praising President Sirleaf, Alassane Ouattara, President of neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire, said: “Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.”

Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “It is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda.”

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, said: “Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions. During our time in office we must work as hard as we can to do the right things for our people’s future.”

The Leadership Ceremony is at the heart of the 2018 Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which takes place in a different African country each year. 

Shows: Natural Sound and English and French Speech 

Channel 1 (Left Mono): English and Natural Sound; Channel 2 (Right Mono): French translation

1. Exterior views of the Kigali Conference Centre

2. Interiors shots and forum hall

3. Former South African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel walking with former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

4. Former President of Cape Verde and 2011 Ibrahim Prize laureate Pedro Pires arriving in hall

5. Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arriving in hall with Rwandan President Paul Kagame

6. Dancers and music

7. Wide shot of Kagame on stage

8. Kagame saying: Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions.

9. Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, saying: Brothers and sisters, it is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda. Nobody really addressed the gender issue as comprehensively as this country.

10. Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Outarra on stage

11. Outarra saying: Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.  

12. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee speaking about President Sirleaf: She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, in public service. and may I add, not only to women but an inspiration to men.

13. Audience applauding

14. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and Ibrahim 2017 Prize laureate on stage.

15. Sirleaf saying: As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth.

16. Sirleaf saying: My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, “I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.” The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.

17. Presidents, former presidents and prize committee members gather on stage

18. Liberian singer Phionah Mbabazi supported by her band and dancers from the Nyundo School of Music

19. Liberian band The Ben performing also supported by a band from the Nyundo School of Music.   

 

OtherNotes to Editors

 

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

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

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa at the Tipping Point (2017), Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

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. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde). The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate - President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Contacts:

Sophie Masipa

masipa.s@moibrahimfoundation.org

Tel: +44-79-7551-4000

Daniel Rivkin

daniel@rivkinmedia.com

+1-917-817-6323

Media releases, photographs and other detailed resources will be available for all media.

You will be able to watch the Broadcast live on the Foundation’s website.

You can follow the Foundation on Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Suggested hashtags to comment #MIFKigali

 

Further contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Receives the Ibrahim Award for Outstanding Leadership in Africa

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, accepts the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a special Leadership Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.

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