The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the world which recognizes individual or group contributions to the advancement of peace, literature, science and health.   

The Nobel committee will name the winner of its peace prize on Friday with the Economic Community of West African States one of the contenders for the award.

The regional bloc had been involved in resolving the political crisis in The Gambia where long-term ruler Yahya Jammeh refused to step down despite being defeated in an election by current President Adama Barrow.

Ecowas’ mediation and its threat of force to remove Mr. Jammeh had forced the 52-year-old former soldier to vacate the presidency and flee into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Ecowas troops entered The Gambia shortly after he flew out of the country last January and have been stationed there to help bolster security and keep the peace.

The bloc also intervened in resolving the politico-security crises in Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso and provided troops to help quell civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Treaty of Lagos led to the creation of the 15-member regional body in 1975.

In recent years, the North African countries of Morocco and Tunisian have applied to join.