<![CDATA[[caption id="attachment_44197" align="aligncenter" width="564"] The Mo Ibrahim Prize Committee has announced that for the second year in a row, it had not found anyone to award its Prize for Achievement in African Leadership[/caption] The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says it has found no winner, again, for its prestigious Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The selection Committee chaired by Tanzanian diplomat and former OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim on Tuesday said none of the recently retired heads of state on the continent had merited the prize. High bar “As I emphasise each year, a very high bar was deliberately set when the Prize was launched in 2006. We recognise and applaud the important contributions that many African leaders have made to change their countries for the better,” Dr Salim said in a statement released after the Committee met with the Foundation’s Board. “But the Prize is intended to highlight and celebrate truly exceptional leadership, which is uncommon by its very definition. After careful consideration, the Committee has decided not to award the Prize in 2016.” Launched in 2006 by Sudanese-British tycoon Mo Ibrahim, the award seeks to reward from among African retired Presidents and other heads of state who left office within the past three years “having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.” $5 Million Winners are awarded $5 million spread over a decade and a further $200,000 annually for the rest of their lives, besides joining an exclusive club of elders often invited to speak at governance conferences around the continent. The 2016 Prize looked at leaders who retired between January 2014 and December 2016. It means Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, Ghana’s John Mahama, Mozambique’s Armando Guebuza and Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan were potential contenders. But despots like Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaore, who was chased out of town by an angry populace in 2015, and Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh who stuck to power despite losing an election (and was only forcibly removed) in December 2016 were ineligible.