Mo Ibrahim Foundation

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The Foundation was founded by Mo Ibrahim.


Board (2011)

Accessed December 2011: [2]


As reported in 2009, the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is "the largest prize in history". "Usually said to be worth $5m, the prize actually offers $500,000 a year for 10 years, plus $200,000 a year for life subsequently, all without strings; plus a potential $200,000 annually for 10 years to be spent on useful projects. The Mo Ibrahim award has only been in existence for two years and, despite being larger than the Nobel prize, is still not very well known. The telecoms billionaire behind it is even less so...

"The party his foundation threw in Alexandria at the end of last year was characteristic of the man: a mix of gravitas (many of the most important figures in Africa were in attendance) and unstuffiness. When Youssou N'Dour sang "7 Seconds" everyone danced, from the ex-president of Mozambique to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Television coverage of the ceremony, hosted by Benin singing star Angélique Kidjo and punctuated by music, was beamed across the continent..." [3]

The first Mo Ibrahim prize, awarded in October 2007, went to Joaquin Chissano, the ex-president of Mozambique, and in 2008 the prize went to Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana.

Prize Committee members

Accessed December 2011: [4]


Resources and articles

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  1. Board, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, accessed January 22, 2021.
  2. Board, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, accessed January 8, 2011.
  3. man giving Africa a brighter future,, accessed January 8, 2011.
  4. Prize Committee members, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, accessed January 8, 2011.