Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has been honoured with the Leadership in Africa Award by organisers of the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has been honoured with the Leadership in Africa Award by organisers of the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).
The retired Army General was given the diadem on the occasion of the 4th AFRIMMA Awards and Festival which held on October 8, at the House of Blues, Dallas, Texas, United States.
Tauted as the biggest African music awards in Diaspora, this year’s AFRIMMA was attended by Nigerian celebrities such as Tiwa Savage, Falz, Basketmouth, Emma Nyra, and Kaffy among others, who joined in the colourful celebration of African music on the world stage.
Founder of the show and CEO of Big A Entertainment, Anderson Obiagwu, said AFRIMMA Leadership in Africa Award is dedicated to African who have served with distinction in various leadership capacities in Africa and internationally.
He said: “Obasanjo, it would be recalled, is the first Nigerian to serve as Military Head of State as well as Civillian President.
“Some of his major achievements and accomplishments include being the first Military Head of State to successfully hand over power to an elected civillian President and also played a crucial role in wrestling back power from the Military in 1999, culminating in him being elected President.
“Obasanjo is also a designated UN envoy who has overseen various democratic elections across the continent. He is particularly renowned for his activities in the peace process of West African countries; Liberia and Sierra Leone. He famously resolved along with President Biya of Cameroon the protracted Bakassi Peninsula issue by signing the ‘Greentree Agreement’.
“The amiable leader established the Presidential Library which is one of the biggest educational tourism institutions in Africa . It would be recalled also that it was during his tenure as President that GSM mobile technology was introduced to Nigeria while counterparts Benin, Togo and Ghana were all already on the GSM technology.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way and Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Mathew Obasanjo has been a tenacious leader who has left an imprint on African leadership history,” he said.
Nigeria’s Davido won the AFRIMMA Artiste of the Year, and Song of the Year with ‘IF’.