Since Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is no longer the president of Liberia, guess she has all the time in the world to pursue all the social causes she had always wanted to. One of such causes is women empowerment. On Friday, the 79-year-old boss lady received a $5M Mo Ibrahim Prize for her brilliant contribution to African Leadership. Sirleaf is the first woman to be honored with this award.
During her acceptance speech on the opening night of the Ibrahim Governance Weekend in Kigali, Rwanda, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed…..
“I’m honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. I receive this distinction on behalf of the many women and men who helped to navigate the profound complexities of the post-conflict country that is Liberia. As the first woman to receive this award, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa will be inspired to break through barriers, and push back on the frontiers of life’s possibilities.”
“I will work with a small team of people to establish the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development, designed to support women as agents of change, makers of peace, and drivers of progress”
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (which is based in London) established the Ibrahim Prize back in 2007 to celebrate exemplary and excellent African leaders. The $5 million award will be paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life thereafter.