Ellen Sirleaf Johnson awarded Mo Ibrahim prize

Liberia's ex-president Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, who has won the 2017 Mo Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership. PHOTO | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The prize was launched in 2006, but in some years it was not awarded.
  • Sirleaf is the fifth winner of the prize since it was first awarded in 2007.
  • The Prize Committee praised her for leading Liberia as it recovered from civil war.

Liberia's ex-president Ellen Sirleaf Johnson has been awarded the 2017 Mo Ibrahim prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on Monday on its website.

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