- The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was on Friday, October 11, awarded to Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's prime minister
- The minister was recognised for how he initiated a reconciliation process between his country and its long time enemy, Eritrea
- According to the prize's committee, it gave the award to Ahmed to encourage its peace-making effort even though there are still many things to be done
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 11, was awarded to Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's prime minister, as he was recongnised for making a peace deal with the country’s historical enemy, Eritrea.
BBC News reports that the minister’s peace move ended the country’s two decades enmity with the country as an Ethiopian associate professor of law, Awo Allo, said the prime minister deserved the honour.
It should be noted that the war between both countries was over a border territory which according to report, dealt both countries heavy losses.
In awarding the price, the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, during a press conference in Oslo, said Ahmed has been given to the promotion of “reconciliation, solidarity, and social justice."
She said that though there are still many unresolved challenges in the achievement of peace between Ethiopia and Eritea, the Nobel committee believes that his effort is deserving of recognition and encouragement.
According to the tweet by the Nobel Prize, he was specifically described as the man whose “decisive initiative” is targeted at resolving the conflict with the country's neighbouring nation.
The prize committee could not, however, get the prime minister on the phone before the announcement to inform him that he is the new Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The Nobel Peace Prize was established by Alfred Nobel and has been recognizing individual since 1901 every year. It is given to an individual whose act has promoted peace between countries and led to the reduction of war.
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The winner of the prize gets a gold medal, a diploma and some money which as of 2017 was worth $1,110,000, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
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