Bad News in Africa

So much good news never gets told from Africa. Today, some more bad news makes the headlines:

The chairman of the panel that considers candidates for the award is Salim Ahmed Salim, a former secretary general of the Organization of African Unity and a former prime minister of Tanzania. He said in a statement that the award “honors former heads of state or government who, during their mandate, have demonstrated excellence in leading their country and, by doing so, serve as role models for the next generation.” But “after careful consideration,” he added, “the prize committee has determined not to award the 2013 Prize for Excellence in Leadership

via Again, No African Leader Wins

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4 thoughts on “Bad News in Africa

  1. heartleeharman says:

    It’s really not surprising that they choose not to give out this award this year. I can’t think of any leader in Africa right now that truly deserves it. I do wish the committee had been more specific about why they choose not to give it out. I do believe that it is better to just choose not to give out the prize instead of giving it to someone who really doesn’t deserve it. It makes the award so much more meaningful when they do hand it out. Choosing not to give out the award also send a powerful message to the world about the current problems in Africa right now.

  2. alexechu1 says:

    I agree with Heartlee’s last statement. This is a bold statement about the condition of government in Africa. The only way Africa will ever find true economic independence is through self-initiated means to better the conditions of the people there, not through external aid groups, although those are a necessary and beneficial component. A large part of how that will come to pass is through political stability. I think the sentiment of the award is a good idea, and perhaps one of the most needed things in Africa right now, but I am not sure how much one billionaire can do to affect African politics. Such an award could act as reinforcement for those leaders already interested in the public good, but I am not sure if a few million dollars would reverse the ambition and goals of self-interested or power-hungry leaders.

  3. jackdavis says:

    The fact that this award remains unrewarded for the fourth time in five years is a very bad indication on the state of African governments and politics. The award “honors former heads of state or government who, during their mandate, have demonstrated excellence in leading their country and, by doing so, serve as role models for the next generation”, and if it was not awarded this year, it means not a single African leader is demonstrating excellence. While I agree that one award should not be the political bellwether of Africa, this should be a wake up call to the African people, and I hope it inspires them to help facilitate more democratic governments.

  4. shannonmelissa22 says:

    The governments in Africa should probably take a look at themselves if NONE of them have qualified for this award in four of the past five years. I agree with jackdavis when he says that this should be a wake up cal to the African people. However, the governments are so corrupt and powerful that I am not sure that the average person in Africa can really do too much to change this. Really, this should be a wake up call to the African politicians. While it might seem like they are being bribed to be good leaders…if this is what is going to inspire leaders to be good, democratic leaders, then I am all in favour of bribery!

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