The Mo Ibrahim Foundation yesterday announced that there is no winner of the 2015 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the fifth time the award has failed to find a winner in its ten years of existence.

Former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete (L), and ex President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (2-R) missed out on the Mo I brahim Prize Photo: ANP/EPA/Str
Former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete (L), and ex President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (2-R) missed out on the Mo I brahim Prize

There were no winners in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 respectively.

The Prize Committee failed to find a suitable winner notwithstanding the availability of Heads of State or Government who have left their office during the last three calendar years, having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.






While there are some people who strongly argue that there is a leadership and governance crisis across the continent, the decision not to award the prize has been questioned by some considering the existence of candidates who seemingly make the cut. Former presidents like Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique and Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan were touted as potential and strong contenders who have shown commendable leadership qualities during their tenure.

The Mo Ibrahim prize has become a valuable benchmark for excellence on the continent

However, the independent Prize Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim decided otherwise.

Commenting on the decision of the Prize Committee, Mo Ibrahim, said: “When we launched the Prize ten years ago, we deliberately set a very high bar. We want the Prize to shine a spotlight on outstanding leadership to provide role models right across society, as well as supporting Laureates to continue to serve the continent by sharing their wisdom and experience.

Since its launched in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times. The previous Laureates are President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). Nelson Mandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.

Source: Mo Ibrahim