Ellen Johnson Becomes First Woman To Receive $5M Mo Ibrahim Foundation Price Award

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, receives the prestigious World’s richest individual prize, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize Award which is usually given to a democratically-elected African leader who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated terms and left office within the previous three years.

Describing herself as an imperfect leader when she accepted the award, the 79-year-old leader said“As the first woman to receive this Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize award, it is my hope that women and girls across the continent are inspired to break down barriers,” said the 79-year-old who left office earlier this year.“Where there is a first, there will be a second.”

The Ibrahim prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been awarded five times since its inception in 2007, comes with $5m, which is paid over 10 years, and $200 000 annually for life from then on.

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