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Monday, October 22, 2007

$5 Million as a prize - I think it is worth it! Just consider the alternative.

Today it was reported that former Mozambican President, Joaquim Chissano, was awarded the Mo Ibrahim prize for excellence in leadership for an African statesman. The prize money amounts to $US5 Million.

At first I thought, heck $5 Million US, that's about as much as some of the poorer African nations whole budget! But then I thought, well, what is the alternative?

If one were to do an estimate of how much money Robert Mogabe has pillaged from the poor of Zimbabwe I'm sure that it would be a heck of a lot more!

I say well done to Mr Chissano, and well done to the generous benefactor, Mo Ibrahim. May we see many, many more examples of good, honest, integral, African leadership. We are NOT a corrupt continent, we are NOT doomed to poverty and subservience. We are African. We can teach the world another way to live.

Go to the BBC website for full coverage of this story.

What are your thoughts and comments?

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  • Why would the Mo Ibrahim foundation (note. the Clinton foundation etc) offer $5m prize for Africa's most effective head of state? When is it OK for a businessman to adopt a continent? What shocking arrogance! "Suddenly all the mansions, cars, food, wine is withdrawn" and for this reason, Mo has decided to give away money bigger than the Nobel Peace Prize. How shallow! Thank you but no thanks. The usual suspects may be fine with the idea but it is not a way out of the mess in Africa. The same advisers, Tony Blair, Bill Ciinton, Madela et all have always been there with their eyes wide shut.

    By Blogger Beauty, at 6:59 PM  

  • Thanks so much for take a look on my blog Beauty! I appreciate it very much!

    I've just read your post form 21 October on http://nigeriawhatisnew.blogspot.com/

    I like your emphasis on justice and poverty.

    Thanks so much for the post!



    By Blogger digitaldion (Dion Forster), at 7:24 PM  

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