“I am proud to see the first woman Ibrahim Laureate, and I hope Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will continue to inspire women in Africa and beyond.” – Mo Ibrahim
Earlier today, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, as the recipient of the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Sirleaf became the first female President of Liberia and Africa’s first elected female Head of State in 2006.
Once elected, she became a symbol of hope and a pillar of strength for Liberia, a country she inherited in ruins, an aftermath of a 14-year civil war. But the then 67-year-old committed to fighting corruption and rebuilding the country’s fragile economy. Under her leadership, Liberia overcame huge challenges – debt relief, Ebola, corruption. She also fostered and promoted foreign relations.
Sirleaf is the fifth winner of the Mo Ibrahim prize since its launch in 2006. According to the published citation of the prize committee of the foundation, during her years in office, Sirleaf laid the foundations on which Liberia can now build. “In the process, she restored Liberians’ dignity and pride in their country. Since 2006, Liberia is the only country, out of 54, to improve in every Click here to read entire article
Source:: Ventures Africa