Africa: Forbes Africa Presents ‘African of the Year, 2021’ Award to President Akufo-Addo

The Executive Director, Forbes Africa Magazine (West Africa), Frederic Van de Vyver on Thursday presented the Forbes Magazine “Africa of the Year 2021” Award to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at a short ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra.

“As Mr Dongote said recently, Africa needs visionary leaders like yourself to develop. Congratulations! The “African of the Year, 2021” Frederic Van de Vyver stated.

President Akufo-Addo was adjudged the “African of the Year, 2021 by Forbes Africa Magazine.

The Forbes Magazine African of the Year is an annual award launched four years ago to recognise and honour African leaders who are seen globally as visionary and has a reputation of working to advance the course of the continent.

Past winners of the award include President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Akin Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group and the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

According to Frederic Van de Vyver, the decision to award President Akufo-Addo was based on the policies and programmes implemented by his Government which repositioned Ghana into the global marketplace and as one reliant on her resources to develop.

The Executive Director, West Africa said key among the economic policies implemented was the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ Agenda which focuses on adding value to the country’s resources, and the ‘Year of Return” now Beyond the Return — a long term policy to develop the tourism sector.

He also mentioned the AfCFTA Secretariat hosted by Ghana, making the country the trade capital for Africa, Twitter’s Africa’s Headquarters in Ghana, the Agenda 111 hospitals’ project intended to make Ghana the preferred medical centre in West Africa, Education, and the youth entrepreneurship policy.