Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

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Established by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2007, the Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee composed of eminent figures, including two Nobel Laureates.

The Ibrahim Prize

  • recognises and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity
  • highlights exceptional role models for the continent
  • ensures that Africa continues to benefit from the experience and expertise of exceptional leaders when they leave national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent


  • former African Executive Head of State or Government
  • left office in the last three years
  • democratically elected
  • served his/her constitutionally mandated term
  • demonstrated exceptional leadership

With a US$5 million initial payment, plus $200,000 a year for life, the prize is believed to be the world's largest, exceeding the $1.3m Nobel Peace Prize. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, former United States President Bill Clinton, and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are among those who have welcomed the initiative.[1]

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership was awarded in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Former South African president Nelson Mandela was an honorary laureate.


Year Laureate(s) Country Left office
2007 Joaquim Chissano[2] Mozambique 2005 for "his role in leading Mozambique from conflict to peace and democracy."
2008 Festus Mogae[3] Botswana 2008 “President Mogae’s outstanding leadership has ensured Botswana’s continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/AIDS pandemic which threatened the future of his country and people."
2009 No award[4]
2011 Pedro Pires[5] Cape Verde 2011 President Pires was awarded the 2011 Ibrahim Prize for his role in transforming Cape Verde into a model of democracy, stability and increased prosperity.[6]
2012 No award Selection committee chairman Salim Ahmed Salim stated there were no suitable candidates. He stated that "The economy has been moving forward relentlessly. However, economic development does not give us a reason to be a little complacent about participation and the human rights of people.”[7]
2013 No award[8]


  1. ^ "Prize offered to Africa's leaders". BBC. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Mozambique ex-leader wins prize". BBC News. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Festus Mogae wins Ibrahim Prize". BBC News. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  4. ^ "No award". 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Cape Verde ex-leader Pedro Pires wins Mo Ibrahim prize". BBC News. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  6. ^ "The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership". Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  7. ^ McGregor, Sarah (15 October 2012). "Mo Ibrahim Foundation Picks No Winner for African Leader Award". Bloomberg News. 
  8. ^ "Mo Ibrahim African leaders prize unclaimed again". BBC News. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

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