Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel peace prize on Wednesday. I can’t think of any African or indeed any political leader anywhere in the world more deserving of this award.
He has in just 18 months transformed the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea from one of deep mutual suspicion since the end of one of the longest running disputes in the world that ended in the early 2000’s, to one of cooperation and hope.
He has also mediated the conflict in Sudan. Helping to bring the protesters and the government to the table and working out a solution that was agreeable to all the parties.
Abiy Ahmed has also midwifed the transformation of the Ethiopian economy. Turning the country’s economy into one of the fastest growing economies on the planet.
In my last visit to Ethiopia, i was taken aback at the breakneck speed at which the economy was been transformed. Addis Ababa looked like a huge construction site, with high rise buildings springing up in every corner. All these has happened in under two years.
While there is so much to be proud of, huge challenges lie ahead especially when it comes to easing ethnic tensions and making sure that the benefits of economic growth is felt by every single citizen of this great nation.
CONGRATULATIONS ABIY AHMED. CONGRATULATIONS ETHIOPIA. CONGRATULATIONS AFRICA.