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”.
“President Mogae was awarded the second Ibrahim Prize for his role in maintaining and consolidating Botswana’s stab… https://t.co/0BwHLdLXoG— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) February 23, 2018
"Under his ten years as President, Cabo Verde became only the second African country to graduate from the United Na… https://t.co/ihyDj0BQKi— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) February 22, 2018
“President Pires was awarded the 2011 Ibrahim Prize for his role in transforming Cabo Verde into a model of democra… https://t.co/cdruL6X4NM— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) February 22, 2018