The prize was awarded to the Moroccan monarch for his contribution to the building of a society of peace and justice among men and nations, his very commendable actions in favor of the development of Africa through his economic, security, humanitarian, cultural and spiritual diplomacy, the Mandela Institute says on its website.
Chaired by Paul Kananura, the institute awarded the Mandela Prize for Democracy to the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, for his contribution to the consolidation of democracy in northern Mali through the Algiers Agreement, to the political stability and security of that country and, consequently, stabilization in the Sahel.
The Mandela Security Prize was awarded to Isoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger, for his strict policy on national security and his regional leadership in security to combat terrorism and drug trafficking in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.
The Mandela Prize for Emergence was awarded to Macky Sall, President of Senegal, for his visionary societal project, developed known as Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) for the development and the future of his country.
The Mandela Prize for Governance was awarded to the President of Benin, Patrice Talon, for his vision and character as a good manager of public affairs, his refusal for the politics showmanship and his work to address challenges, oriented towards the interests of the nation.
The Mandela Prize Committee received a total of 3,623 applications for the 2016 edition, including 3,191 popular candidates, 25 individuals, 388 diplomatic candidates and 19 official candidates.
Created on 29 October 2014, the Mandela Award is a Pan-African Excellence Award to promote collective intelligence, prestige and recognition of individual and collective merits.
The prizes are awarded each year to personalities or institutions to reward them for their commendable actions for Africa and peace, in the tradition of Nelson Mandela.