Hifikepunye Pohamba, outgoing Namibian President, on 2 March 2015 won the Mo Ibrahim prize for achievement in African leadership for year 2014. Established in 2007, the Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership.
Pohamba was awarded for serving the country since its independence and his leadership has renewed people’s trust in democracy. He is a role model for the African continent.
During the decade of Hifikepunye Pohamba's Presidency, Namibia's reputation has been cemented as a well-governed, stable and inclusive democracy with strong media freedom and respect for human rights.
Hifikepunye Pohamba was born in 1935 in Namibia and was a former rebel who fought for his country’s independence. He has served as Namibian President two terms. For first time he was elected in 2004 and again in 2009. Now, he is due to be succeeded by elected President Hage Geingob.
About Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership
• The award is named after Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist, who had made billions of fortune from investing in Africa.
• Mo Ibrahim launched this prize in 2007 to encourage African leaders to leave power peacefully. The inaugural prize was awarded to Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique.
• This prize is given each year to an elected leader who has governed well, raised living standards and then left the office.
• It is the world’s most valuable individual award and carries monetary award of 5 million dollar. The award also grants 200000 US dollars per year for ten years towards good causes espoused by the Ibrahim Laureate.
When: 2 March 2015