Monrovia, Liberia – President George Weah, alongside Kenya President William Ruto and former President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, have emerged winners of the 12th African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards 2023.
The trio secured victories in the African of the Year, African Political Leader of the Year, and African Peace and Security Leader of the Year award categories, respectively, largely based on results from the online poll, which attracted vote entries from across Africa and the globe.
African Political Leader of the Year George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia; African Peace and Security Leader of the Year Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, a former president of the United Republic of Tanzania; and African of the Year William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya.
President Weah’s selection comes as he is being hailed for his remarkable decision to concede defeat to Unity Party Joseph Boakai following a tightly contested November 14, 2023, presidential runoff election.
Africa’s most prestigious vote-based awards, the ALM Persons of the Year Awards, are given out every year to notable Africans who have improved the continent’s reputation by improving its perceived negative image. Through the two-step selection process, Africans worldwide can participate in the celebration of leaders who have contributed to the growth and development of Africa.
African Leadership Magazine publisher and chairman, Dr. Ken Giami, made the following statement during his remarks: The winner of the 2023 edition of the ALM Persons of the Year Awards made significant strides and remarkable contributions to the African renaissance in the year under review, especially in driving sustainable development, fostering economic growth, and promoting peace and political stability across the continent.
Their sacrifices, policies, and actions have bolstered regional peace and cooperation, improved healthcare and education, and laid the groundwork for substantial progress, economic growth, and human capital development across Africa, Dr. Giami added.
During the premier annual ALM Persons of the Year awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on February 22–23, 2024, at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union headquarters, the winners and runners-up will be publicly bestowed with instruments of honour. Aside from the global third-party commendation awards and the multi-dimensional high-level networking session, the ceremony, which is co-hosted by the Ethiopia Custom Commission, will feature the unveiling of the special POTY edition of the African Leadership Magazine and Africa’s Leading Customs and Ports Administrators’ Yearbook 2024.