THERE ARE APPARENTLY NO GOOD LEADERS IN AFRICA

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Remember Mo Ibrahim’s prize for “good governance” awarded annually to an African leader? The winner gets $5 million over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life thereafter. Previous winners have included such prudent politicians as Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano and Botswana’s Festus Mogae.

Apparently Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s disastrous second democratic president (1999-2008), was among the candidates for this year’s prize.

This year, however, there won’t any winner because Mo Ibrahim can’t find a suitable candidate. Nobody deserves it.

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. Sean,

    I'm not sure what the commitee's criteria are, but in a quick survey of leaders who recently stepped down, no name immediately jumps out.

    1. Upon reconsideration and some convo I take my previous comment(above) back. John Kufuor, former president of Ghana is the obvious choice.

  2. A well-placed source tells me Thabo Mbeki has already received a pledge of $10 million from Mo Ibrahim in order to set up his African Leadership Institute – which is a form of NEPAD Lite, along with its own pillars etc, and will mainly target educational insitutions. There have been some discussions with the board of an existing research foundation in order to provide capacity which hits the ground running.

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