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”.
The #MIFFellows programme offers an opportunity to work in the executive office @AfDB_Group with @akin_adesina… https://t.co/0esMRHYK4H— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) August 18, 2017
2017 #MIFFellow @RobtelNeajai is expanding her skills at @AfDB_Group. Learn more about #MIFFellows & apply… https://t.co/ZfXN2ZKBbE— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) August 18, 2017
The #MIFFellows form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. Apply at… https://t.co/d0Jpu7co1V— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) August 17, 2017