This week, for a second consecutive year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s committee of eminent persons resolved there was no African leader deemed worthy of the $5 million (R49m) Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. It is the fourth time there has been no winner in its seven-year history.
Mixed sentiments in relation to the news. Major award of $5 million, plus $200,000 to the leader for life, plus $200,000 for his or her favourite charity. Change qualifications for the award?
Large scale to very small scale. Was member of the Awards Committee at a university business school. Trust had been left to the school, to fund particular award. Award apparently not that well publicised, since very few student applicants. All marginal and unqualified, either in terms of spirit or letter of the award. Voted against granting the award that year. Minority view. Recollection is that the award still given, due to majority sentiment. Sentiment based on money is here, we must give it out.
Never even thought.
Admire the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Award.