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”.
African governments need policies that include each of its citizens, from 👦🏿 to 👴🏿. As we celebrate… https://t.co/ytMJ4z4NQ1— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) November 20, 2018
Learn what Mo Ibrahim and #MIFPrize Laureate @MaEllenSirleaf think about the progress of African economies in this… https://t.co/4RJ91seA6V— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) November 20, 2018
Communication & transportation infrastructure are key to enabling economic opportunity in #Africa. 🚃 🏗️ This… https://t.co/USjZXGqgos— Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) November 20, 2018