Another Big Win for Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan As He Receives Prestigious Award
- Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received the maiden African Heritage Awards held in Kigali, Rwanda
- Other notable recipients of the awards are Dr. Seretse Kahama Ian Khama, and Late John Magufuli
- Africa's most prominent activist and grassroots campaigner, Mallam Hamzat Lawal, was also honoured with the African Humanitarian Award
Former presidents of Nigeria, Botswana, and Tanzania, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Seretse Kahama Ian Khama, and Late John Magufuli were among the recipients of the maiden African Heritage Awards held in Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday, April 1, 2023.
While Jonathan was recognized as the African Democracy and Peace Icon, Khama was honoured with the African Philanthropist Award, and Late Magufili bagged the African Icon Award (Posthumous), Daily Trust reports.
The event, which was the celebration and global recognition of Africans' outstanding achievements, also honoured Africa's most prominent activist and grassroots campaigner, Mallam Hamzat Lawal, with the African Humanitarian Award.
Others who won the African Humanitarian Award are Vice President of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Founder and Director, Bright Kids Uganda; Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, Head Water Access, Rwanda; Christelle Kwizera and Fred Swaniker, Founder of African Leadership University.
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Delivering his opening remarks at the event, the founder of Heritage Times and event organizers, Moses Siloko Siaisa, described the event as a dream come true.
He stated that the event was specifically put together to honour distinguished Africans in their various fields of endeavours.
While stating emphatically that ''Africa has a place in the world,'' Siaisa added, ''Rwanda is setting the pace for Africa's growth and development.''
At the event, Jonathan stated that leaders are not the bosses of their people but their servants.
On his part, Mallam Lawal, who is the Chief Executive of Connected Development and Founder of Follow the Money, both African-based organizations achieving Sustainable Development Goals, dedicated his award to his mother.
Other distinguished Africans recognized at the event include Professor Patrick Lumumba, who was given the Africa Advancement Icon Award, Engr. Simbi Wambote who bagged the Champion of Local Content Development in Africa Award and Olumide Akpata, who won the Africa Legal Icon Award.
Highlights of the event
Music performers from Uganda, Ghetto Kids, were recognized with the African Entertainment Award, while the Founder of Heritage Bank, Dr. Ifie Sekibo won the African Philanthropist Award.
Highlight of the event includes an energetic performance by Naomi Mac, a talented Nigerian singer, Naomi Mac, and the Ghetto Kids.
We have missed her, Nigerians react As Patience Jonathan sings off-key for husband on 64th birthday
In another report, Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, turned a new age on November 20, 2022, and friends and well-wishers gathered to mark the occasion with him.
To celebrate the politician’s 64th birthday, his wife, Patience Jonathan, also made sure to entertain him with a song.
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As the couple were aboard a private jet, Patience alongside a group of others sang a birthday song for Goodluck Jonathan. However, the former first lady’s voice stood out the most seeing as she was singing off-key.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng also previously reported that ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan called on women to deploy their God-given talents to pursue peace in society.
Mrs Jonathan spoke during a virtual International Leadership Conference (ILC) organised by the Universal Peace Federation( UPF) tagged: ‘Toward a Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.