Former President John Mahama will be adjudged as the 2016 African Political Leader of the Year Award in South Africa today, February 23, 2017.

The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year is an annual award reserved for selected Africans who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor.

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These Africans are considered to have blazed the trail in the year under review. A shortlist of nominees are selected from a survey conducted via our online and offline platforms, which is then forwarded to the selection committee and the editorial board for final consideration, selection, and approval.

Former President Mahama is expected to be decorated with the African Political Leader Award for his contributions towards deepening and enriching Ghana's democracy.

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The Chairman of the International Advisory board of the ALM Awards, Ambassador Joe Beasley, said "it is gratifying to know that Africa still has leaders like you bestriding the political space".

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"Africa has found in you and leaders like you, the perfect Apostles of Good Governance and Democracy, who would help in spreading the gospel to the rest of the continent," he said.

Mahama will also be presented with the Georgia Congressional Commendation from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus during the event.

Confirmed Guests to attend

His Excellency John Mahama, immediate past president of Ghana, Her Excellency, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, First lady, Republic of South Africa; Honorable, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Dr., Hon. Soomilduth Sunil Bhola, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Cooperatives; Mr. Rameswuriall Basant Roi, Governor, Central Bank of Mauritius; His Excellency, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, immediate past governor, Kano State, Nigeria and Senator of the Federal Republic; amongst others.