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,”.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded this year’s #NobelPeacePrize for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. @AbiyAhmedAli#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/3Niwalusj7
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 11, 2019
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.
I am humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. My deepest gratitude to all committed and working for peace. This award is for Ethiopia and the African continent. We shall prosper in peace!
— Abiy Ahmed Ali (@AbiyAhmedAli) October 11, 2019
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: Major landmarks in #AbuDhabi were lit up last night in the tricolor of the #Ethiopian flag in celebration of Prime Minister @AbiyAhmedAli‘s #NobelPeacePrize. #Ethiopia #UAE. pic.twitter.com/OjGFPRIKJg
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) October 12, 2019
Congratulations to my brother & friend Prime Minister @AbiyAhmedAli, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Well deserved! Your remarkable commitment to Ethiopian unity, as well as regional peace and cooperation, are an inspiration to many in Africa.
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) October 11, 2019
I congratulate Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was today declared winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his remarkable work to end the 20-year conflict between Ethiopia & Eritrea. This recognition is a good sign for peace processes within countries and across borders in Africa.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 11, 2019
@PMEthiopia I hereby join the rest of Africa and the world at large in celebrating with the great people of Ethiopia and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for winning the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Award. The Government & People of Liberia extend warmest felicitations for this noble feat. pic.twitter.com/vbZqyfUuJK
— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) October 11, 2019
We congratulate Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed @AbiyAhmedAli upon his well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize. He’s a man of wisdom and a true peacemaker who brings kindness and goodwill to his people and the people of Africa. He’s a well-respected leader among UAE citizens. pic.twitter.com/ypJS39hT80
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) October 11, 2019
Congratulations to my dear friend and brother Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2019! Your passion, dedication and boldness for building bridges of peace are outstanding. Africa is so proud of you. Well done! @AbiyAhmedAli pic.twitter.com/a7XijzBECx
— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) October 11, 2019
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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