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HOW FAR CAN NIGERIAN WOMEN GO IN POLITICS & LEADERSHIP? – THE ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF EXAMPLE

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GOOD GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA & THE MO IBRAHIM’S ENVIABLE PHILANTHROPIC GESTURES: Andrew Carnegie, one-time richest man in the world at the age of 66 years in 1901 believed in the concept of Social Darwinism. Carnegie believed it was acceptable to make a lot of money. But he believed in philanthropy – giving to worthy causes. He authored a book: ‘The Gospel of Wealth’ (1889) in which he stated categorically that: ‘’ be the duty of the man of wealth: To set an example of modest, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community-the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience, and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves’’ REWARD FOR SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER?:   An interesting revelation in the course of compiling this account on Mo Ibrahim is that his Foundation intervenes in other causes. For instance, BBC reports indicate that: ‘’Veteran peace campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded US$1m (£620,000) by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for “speaking truth to power”. The London-based Foundation called the cleric “one of Africa’s great voices for justice, freedom, democracy and responsible, responsive government”. He won the Nobel Peace Prize – and 10m Swedish Krona (£935,000) – in 1984 for his campaign against apartheid. Archbishop Tutu, the South African cleric was outspoken on international affairs’’ LIBERIA’S PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF’S DEMONSTRATION OF GENDER EQUALITY: THE MO IBRAHIM AWARD FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN AFRICAN NATIONS: A notable African who is passionate about the culture of good governance and its importance as the main prerequisite to development, Dr. Mo Ibrahim instituted a prize for excellence in leadership awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee composed of eminent figures. Apart from good governance, one other consideration is to encourage African leaders to quit office honourably. As recorded on the website of the organization, the Prize: ‘’Recognises and celebrates African executive leaders who, under challenging…

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