By Victor Graham
Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was on Friday honored by the African Leadership Magazine as the African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020.
Among those honoured at the virtual event was the Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Professor Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo, as African Educationist of the year 2020.
While Jonathan beat his closest contender, General Vincent Nundwe, Army Commander, Malawi for the peace and security award, Edoumiekumo edged Dr Patrick Awuah Jr. Founder & President, Ashesi University, Ghana to be confered with the education award.
Jonathan while reacting to the award said: “Today, at the 8th edition of the African Leadership Person of the Year Awards, I was honoured as the African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020. I thank African Leadership Magazine for recognising my modest contributions to peace in Africa”.
The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards is Africa’s premier vote-based endorsement, reserved annually for the leading Africans who are contributing towards promoting the continent progress, and positively altering Africa’s perceived negative image.
The event, which is in its 8th year, has become a referendum of some sort by Africans on purposeful leadership in the continent.
The annual event have also become a platform for honouring people-centered leadership and Africans that are pursuing a pan-African agenda in their chosen fields of endeavour.
This year’s event provided a platform to celebrate the continent’s purveyors of hope, business, political and diplomatic leaders who are helping to see possibilities in the midst of a global pandemic that has become an existential threat.
Aside Jonathan and Edoumiekumo, others who received awards were; President Nana Akuffor Addo of Ghana, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Graca Michel, Mo Ibrahim and Nicky Oppenheimer.
Others were; Kamal Yakub, Dr John Nkengasong, Kwameh Kyei, Onyeka Akumah,
Tiguidanke Camara and Senegalese football star, Sadio Mane.