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Weah, Ruto, Kikwete Win African Persons 2023 Awards

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPA: Liberian President George Manneh Weah alongside former President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and the President of Kenya, William Ruto have emerged as winners of the 12th African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Persons of the Year Awards 2023, following the 2-step selection process which included a call for nominations and an online voting poll that closed at midnight on Thursday, 14 December 2023.

The trio secured victories in the African of the Year, Africa Political Leader of the Year, and Africa Peace and Security Leader of the Year award categories, respectively, largely based on result from the online poll, which attracted vote entries from across Africa and the globe to register a 29% increase in the votes cast in the 2023 edition compared to last year.

The ALM Persons of the Year Awards are Africa’s premier vote-based endorsements, annually reserved for leading Africans contributing to the continent’s progress, positively altering its perceived negative image.

The 2-step selection process offers an opportunity for Africans from across the globe to be part of the celebrating leaders contributing to Africa’s growth and development.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the African Leadership Organizations and Publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami said “the winner of the 2023 edition of the ALM Persons of the Year Awards made significant strides an remarkable contributions to the African renaissance in the year under review, especially in driving sustainable development, fostering economic growth, and promoting peace and political stability across the continent.” Dr. Giami also asserted that “their sacrifices, policies and actions have bolstered regional peace and cooperation, improved healthcare and education, and laid the groundwork for substantial progress, economic growth and human capital development across Africa.”

The winners and runners-up will be formally presented with instruments of honor during the flagship annual ALM Persons of the Year awards ceremony billed to hold 22-23 February 2024 at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union headquarters. The key highlights of the ceremony, which is co-hosted by the Ethiopia Custom Commission, shall include the unveiling of the special POTV Edition of the African Leadership Magazine, Africa’s Leading Customs and Ports Administrators’ Yearbook 2024, as well as globally third-party commendation awards and mult-dimension high-level networking session.

President Weah, whose elegance in accepting defeat was praised on the African continent, has been receiving awards from international grouping, including the International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA), among others.

IAWPA International Director on African Affairs, His Eminence, Amb. Dr. John Metchie, recently announced President Weah, as the winner of this year’s International Peace Prize Medal Award 2023.
The pronouncement of President Weah as winner of the award was in total appreciation of the just-concluded presidential election in Liberia, which ended up with a runoff election and was regarded as an election that expressed the mind of the people without intimidation or electoral violence as majorly seen in other Africa counties.

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