No Winner of Mo Ibrahim Prize

first_imgThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Friday, June 17 announced that there is no winner of the 2015 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The announcement was made following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee chaired by Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim.Commenting on the decision of the Prize Committee, Mo Ibrahim, and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “The Board respects the decision of the independent Prize Committee. When we launched the Prize ten years ago, we deliberately set a very high bar. “We want the Prize to shine a spotlight on outstanding leadership to provide role models right across society, as well as supporting laureates to continue to serve the continent by sharing their wisdom and experience.”The candidates for the Ibrahim Prize are all former African executive Heads of State or Government who have left office during the last three calendar years, having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term. The Prize Committee meets on a regular basis to review eligible candidates and has begun considering candidates for the 2016 Ibrahim Prize. Since being launched in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times. The previous Laureates are President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). Nelson Mandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.Mo Ibrahim Prize recognizes and celebrates African leaders who, under challenging circumstances, have developed their countries, and lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity. It highlights exceptional role models for the continent; ensures that the African continent continues to benefit from the experience and wisdom of exceptional leaders once they have left national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent.There is not necessarily a Laureate every year, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hamilton dismisses ‘silly’ Formula One title talk

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 19, 2017 in Austin, Texas © Getty/AFP / CLIVE MASONAUSTIN, United States, Oct 19 – Lewis Hamilton dismissed talk of him wrapping up a fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix this weekend as “silly”.The 32-year-old Briton can claim the 2017 crown if he is triumphant for Mercedes and nearest rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five in Sunday’s race at the Circuit of the Americas. “Honestly, I don’t know, all of the talk of a championship win here is silly really –- Sebastian won’t have the same difficulties and he will be very quick.“For me, it (the title) will be done in the last four races so my focus here is on winning.“I don’t mind if it is done here or at the last race, but the most important thing here is to win, in the midst of all that is going on in the country and that is a priority for me -– and you know what I am talking about.”Hamilton declined to elaborate on his plans or the significance of his comments about why winning is such a priority for him. He suggested that a member of the media audience understood, without explaining.When he was asked directly if he intended to take a knee in support of the protests by NFL players against racial injustice and police brutality, he distanced himself from some of his earlier comments on the subject.“I’ve not given that much thought,” he said, adding that when he had referred to a “gentleman at the front” who understood his thinking he was not considering the protest action.“I’ve worked hard to be here today and I have feelings about the whole situation, but at the moment I have no plans to do anything.”He added that if he was not to win the title in the United States, he would be happy to win it in Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi.“I’m looking forward to going to Mexico as you can always feel the love and the support there and it is an awesome event to go to and it is growing every year.“Winning is the goal and all my drive and energy goes on that mission. I don’t mind where it happens –- here or in Mexico of Abu Dhabi. In Mexico, they know how to celebrate and so I’ll get a sombrero and party if it happens there.”Given a chance to talk about his likely duel with Vettel, he said he was planning to continue in the same concentrated mode as he has all year.“I am anticipating he will be strong in the last four races, as he has been strong all year,” he said.“So, nothing changes for me -– there is no backing out and I’ll just keep pushing forwards.”In earlier comments, he had revealed his feelings and respect for the protest.“I know a lot of people in America so I get to speak to a lot of black and white people that live here,” he said.“I get quite a good view of what’s happening here in the States and I get opinions from the Americans here about the movement, which I think is pretty huge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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