Reflection: With vision for building Africa’s century

Reflection: With vision for building Africa’s century

__Nobel Peace Prize ceremony today for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia.

This afternoon (December 10) in Oslo, Norway, the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony will be held, including a lecture by Nobel Laureate Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia. You can watch the online live stream of the event at 13.00 CET (3 pm EAT, 2 pm CAT) Please tune in here if you have Wifi and would like to watch this historic and proud moment for Africa: Or you can watch at the YouTube Link below.

Some of you may know that the highly prestigious Nobel Prize comprises a series of annual awards given to people who have “conferred the greatest benefit to humankind” in the previous 12 month period.

There are also Nobel Prizes awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine and literature. Prize winners are nominated by academics scientists, university professors and previous winners. (The actual list of nominees is not allowed to be published for 50 years).

The first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901, and the rules state that if it is considered by the Nobel Foundation that no one deserves the prize in a given category, it is not awarded.

The Prizes are always presented on ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo each year on 10 December, the anniversary of Mr Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.

The Nobel Prize winners are called “Laureates”. Do you know why?

While we as entrepreneurs each face our day-to-day challenges and triumphs, it is always important to keep our eyes and vision on the bigger picture — the world around us and how what we each do, each and every day, has the potential to make a positive and sometimes momentous impact on the lives of those around us, our nations, our continent and the world.

With our deep and profound congratulations to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

“Do your little bits of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize,1984)


Here’s a link to YouTube where you can also watch:

Image caption: The Nobel Committee on October 11, 2019 awarded Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali the Nobel Peace Prize 2019 “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.” Photo via the Office of the Prime Minister, Ethiopia/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

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