Africa’s Youngest Leader Receives Noble Peace Prize

The youngest leader in Africa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, became the 100th Nobel Peace Prize winner this Friday.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize, for his effort in restoring peace in the Horn of Africa, by ending the 20-year war opposing his country Ethiopia, to neighbor Eritrea.
“Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea,”.

The 43-year-old Prime Minister, replaced his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn in April 2018, after the latter resigned following mass unrest in the countries capital. By July of the same year, in the 4 month of his term, he achieved what many had thought impossible, by restoring relations with longtime foe Eritrea, after 20 years of hostilities.
He didn’t stop there, as he was also heavily involved in peace talks between Sudan’s military council and the country’s civilian opposition, resulting in the formation of a unity government in August,2019.

On hearing the news Prime Minister Abiy, expressed his gratitude, and dedicated the award to Ethiopia and Africa, wishing the continent and his country to prosper in peace.

He was also congratulated by many world leaders, and in the Emirati city of Abu Dhabi, major landmarks were lit up Friday night in the colors of the Ethiopian flag, to celebrate Prime Minister Abiy.

Ethiopia is among the most populous African nations, with about 100 million people, and has also among the fastest growth on the continent, averaging 8% for the last 10 years.

The Noble awards, were created by the Swedish inventor of the dynamite, Alfred Nobel, and they are held each year on the anniversary of his death. Each Noble Peace Prize winner receives $900,000.

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