Mandela named Honorary Laureate by Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Alexandria- Egypt (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela's extraordinary leadership qualities and achievements were recognised by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation here Monday night, when he was named an Honorary Laureate of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
The award was announced at a gala ceremony at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria, Egypt.
As part of the award, the Foundation will make a grant to the four organisations carrying on the work of Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel.
They are the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique.
In presenting the award, Mo Ibrahim said: "Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration, in South Africa and throughout the world, to all who share his devotion to democracy and equality.
"In presenting this Laureate, the Foundation would like to celebrate his extraordinary achievements and support the important work of the foundations he has established," added Ibrahim.
Mandela, in a video statement, said he was proud to be the Foundation's Honorary Laureate and accepted the award "on behalf of all those across the continent, and indeed the world, who made it possible for us to stand here today.
" The Foundation also formally awarded former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano the first Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a ceremony in the north African nation.
The prize, in recognition of excellence in leadership, is awarded to a former African head of state or head of government who has left office within the last four years.
It goes with a prize of US$ 5 million, US$200,000 annually for life thereafter and up to US$200,000 a year for 10 years towards the winner's public interest activities and good causes.

27 november 2007 11:03:00

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