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General News of Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Source: Ghana Daily, edited by Livingstone Pay-Charlie

Mills to grab award

...Dr Ken Kwaku also to be Honored 

Editorial Desk Report

The worthy life of former President Atta Mills as a peaceful, tolerant and democratic person continues to receive recognition along the length and breadth of the globe.

Your authoritative Ghana Daily has picked up strong signals that the former Ghanaian president and a former Consular General at the Ghana’s Embassy in Tanzania Dr Ken Kwaku have been nominated to receive the Africa Achievers Award (AAA).

While President Mills is being awarded for excellence in leadership, Dr Ken Kwaku will pick up the top spot for the category of “Excellence in International Corporate Governance.” 

The presentation ceremony is set to take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 23rd February this year and indications are that Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills will receive the posthumous award on behalf of her husband.

Principal Partner of AAA, Rex Idaminabo says President Mills was being nominated for the award based on his track record as somebody who lifted the democratic credentials of Ghana onto another level.

According to him, Mills in his political career opened his doors to all manner of persons and did not persecute his political opponents.

For his part, Dr Ken Kwaku’s record of working to accelerate business and unearth leadership potentials on the African continent endeared him to the awarding panel.

The former envoy has as an achievement his resourcefulness in developing, planning and managing the first ever Africa-Asia Business Forum (AABF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 1999. 

He was also an Advisor on major policy decisions for the United Nations Development Programme and the Governments of Japan and Portugal.

Organisers of the African Achievers Awards say the awards aim at recognizing excellent individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves in contributing to the growth and development of Africa.

“Our focus is to motivate all African leaders including the prospective leaders and the youths through recognizing the persons and organizations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa,” Mr Rex Idaminabo stated.

The last African Achievers Annual award was hosted by Kings College, London.

Previous African Achievers Award recipients include Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, who was awarded in recognition of his fight for human rights, peace and justice.

Current Malawian President Joyce Banda was also awarded for excellence in leadership with Hon. Thokhozani Khupe, Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe honoured women empowerment.

Another former recipient Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) was awarded for his giant strides in leadership and good governance in Lagos State when he was in charge as Governor. 

The venue of this year’s African Achievers Awards (AAA) 2013 shall be the prestigious Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. 

According to the organisers, the programme will be segmented into three folds; first a lecture on topic “The Future is Africa” followed by the awards ceremony with the climax of Achievers Gala Night.