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”.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of a brother and Board member, Sir Ketumile Quett Joni #Masire. Statement:… https://t.co/Reb476ebgL— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) June 23, 2017
New blog: Is the flow of persons of concern in #Africa a consequence of weak Safety & Rule of Law?… https://t.co/KazbxRNjXF— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) June 20, 2017
Urgent Appeal for a Peaceful Democratic Transition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - https://t.co/OHjb0SlDOG via @KofiAnnanFdn— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) June 20, 2017