When handheld mobile phones first became available in the 1980s, opportunists everywhere rushed to acquire licences for new phone networks, but few had any idea how to design and build them. Mo Ibrahim did.
With a PhD in mobile radio communication, he made his first billion dollars designing mobile phone networks for others, and his second billion building networks for himself – in Africa- adding an estimated 1% per annum to Africa’s GDP in the process.
And then he took on a real challenge: he established a multi-million dollar prize to encourage African political leaders not only to commit themselves to the sustainable economic and social development of their nations, but also to relinquish power peacefully and democratically at the end of their term in office.
“After fifty years of independence, we have a catastrophic failure of leadership and governance: too many dictators, too many megalomaniacs, too many thieves”.
Gender Equality in Africa showing Increasing Deterioration according to the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governanc… https://t.co/rAGM203sRl— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) December 14, 2017
Extension of deadline: 31 December 2017 https://t.co/5LD6QxRM0j— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) December 13, 2017
The #Gender Balance in Education indicator on the 2017 #IIAG shows Slowing Improvement in recent years. Explore… https://t.co/3YT2jYTUau— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) December 13, 2017