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No Winner of the 2016 Ibrahim African Leadership Prize

first_imgThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.The announcement was made following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Board meeting last weekend.Commenting on the decision of the Prize Committee, Dr. Salim said: “As I emphasize each year, a very high bar was deliberately set when the Prize was launched in 2006. We recognize and applaud the important contributions that many African leaders have made to change their countries for the better. But thePrize is intended to highlight and celebrate truly exceptional leadership, which is uncommon by its very definition. After careful consideration, the Committee has decided not to award the Prize in 2016.”The candidates for the Ibrahim Prize are all former African executive Heads of State or Government who have left their office during the last three calendar years (2014-2016), having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.Since being 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 Cape Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). NelsonMandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.The Foundation looks forward to hosting its flagship event, the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 9 April 2017. The event will open on the Friday evening with a high-profile discussion titled “A Conversation on Leadership,” looking at the challenges of global leadership in the 21st century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Playing the beautiful game

first_imgSocrates, the football player from Brazil, had an appeal that transcended football, sports and his home country. Any biography of the man is fraught with complexity, but without delving subjectively into what made him a football romantic’s dream, there’s no hope of depicting this medical doctor and philosopher accurately.In the,Socrates, the football player from Brazil, had an appeal that transcended football, sports and his home country. Any biography of the man is fraught with complexity, but without delving subjectively into what made him a football romantic’s dream, there’s no hope of depicting this medical doctor and philosopher accurately.In the early ’80s, Socrates turned the running of his Sao Paulo club, Corinthians, into a rallying cry for democracy against the military junta that ruled Brazil for two decades. As a sportsman, his football was lazy, beautiful and surprisingly refreshing. He exuded an amateur charm rare in professional sport. He had depth and seriousness, with an ever-so-light touch, and a monstrous sense of humour, which went along with an out-of-proportion generosity in the dressing room and on the pitch. Yet, inside this larger-than-life anti-athlete was a hedonist and a contrarian; an uninhibited and self-indulgent rogue who could take anybody for a ride-and would do so for a lark. His consumption of beer and cigarettes used to shock interviewers. His extramarital dalliances were as copious as the goals he scored.Scotland-born Andrew Downie, now Reuters’ sports correspondent for Brazil, manages to tread a narrow path in describing Socrates, with skillful writing, warmth in reporting and a clear eye. This biography should be compulsory reading for sports fans, but will also hold non-fans in thrall.One question the book answers is ‘how did Socrates come to play the way he did?’ The facts are these: he was wary of physical duels, given his tall-but-slender frame, and his balance was limited by very small feet. From a young age, Socrates learned to get rid of the ball quickly, one-touch, in the direction of teammates who were willing to run hard and were less concerned than he about suffering concussions. Downie, too, scores with the rich material the masterful player provides.advertisementlast_img read more