Goodluck Jonathan and Mandela Rhodes Foundation nominated for African Achievers Awards

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan nominated because of his efforts to promote peace in Africa

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, former First Lady of Ghana Nana Rawlings and Mandela Rhodes Foundation have been nominated the 2014 African Achievers Awards.

President Jonathan was nominated under the category of “Peace Keeping in Africa”.

The Award ceremony will take place at the Presidential Banquet, State House, Accra, Ghana on 28th February 2014.

Tonye Rex Idaminabo, the convener of the African Achievers Awards said President Jonathan was nominated because of his Administration’s role in promoting peace, security and political stability in Africa by intervening in crises in Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Mali.

“There are several other nominees for the same category from all over Africa, and come February 28, at the Ghana State House, in Accra, the winner will be made public,” said Mr. Idaminabo.

Ambassador David James Egwu, Nigerian Director of Public Relations & Government Communications said more than 26 African countries will be participating in the 2014 African Achievers Awards ceremony.

He also asked Africans throughout the world to nominate individuals of outstanding leadership and personal capacity who have contributed in their own little way towards the development of Africa.

“This is a huge task. We cannot achieve this alone. We need people to tell us who should be considered for a particular Award. That’s the essence of the nomination. We respect people’s opinion and we are open to any form of criticism,” said Ambassador Egwu.

In 2012, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded in recognition of his fight for Human Rights, Justice and Peace

Organised by the Institute of Leadership and Management, the African Achievers Award ceremony is aimed at recognising excellent African individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves while contributing to the growth and development of Africa.

King’s College London hosted the inaugural African Achievers Award ceremony in 2012. During the ceremony, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded in recognition of his fight for Human Rights, Justice and Peace. Joyce Banda, President of Malawi, was awarded in recognition of her Excellence in Leadership, while Thokhozani Khupe, former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, was awarded in recognition of her Women Empowerment Efforts.

The UK based Zambian born Justina Mutale was awarded the African Woman of the Year in recognition of her Outstanding Service to the community.

The second edition of African Achievers Awards was held at the Hilton Hotels, Nairobi, Kenya on 23rd February 2013. Recipients of the 2013 African Achievers Awards included the late Prof. Atta Mills, former President of Ghana, who was honoured with a Posthumous Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, former Secretary-General of OPEC, received the Life Time Achievement Award.

Ms. Mutale, African Woman of the Year 2012 and Advisory Board Member of the African Achievers Awards, said: “The focus of the ceremony is to motivate all African leaders, including prospective leaders and the youth by recognizing individuals and organizations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa.”

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