Former President John Dramani Mahama will later today – Thursday to be decorated with the African Political Leader of the Year Award in Johannesburg, South Africa for his contributions towards deepening and enriching Ghana’s democracy and his towering status as one of Africa’s best.
The African Leadership Magazine, organizers of the awards said “Africa has found in you and leaders like you, the perfect Apostles of Good Governance and Democracy, who would help in spreading the gospel to the rest of the continent.”
Mr. Mahama is also expected to be presented with the Georgia Congressional Commendation from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus during the event.
The organizers say the award is in keeping with a tradition of presenting the positive sides of the African continent, which hardly finds space on the global stage, and celebrating exemplary leadership and individuals who have contributed to shaping the global perception of the African continent.
Chairman of the International Advisory board of the ALM Awards, Ambassador Joe Beasley said “it is gratifying to know that Africa still have leaders like you bestriding the political space.”
He also noted that Mr. Mahama made a significant contribution to Ghana’s economic growth and development; spearheaded and completed some ambitious projects; went into the elections and respected the wishes of the electorate – a feat uncommon amongst many leaders in the continent.
The former President will deliver the keynote address at the event on the theme of the Awards Programme, “How can Africa win the progress race?”