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Mo Ibrahim addresses the crowd at the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance weekend, in Dakar, Senegal
Mo Ibrahim addresses the crowd at the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance weekend, in Dakar, Senegal
(Tanya Bindra/)

Robert Rotberg

Fifty-five countries and not one winning leader: Africa’s executive problem

Leadership, or the lack of responsible political leadership, is sub-Saharan Africa’s major challenge. This common wisdom was confirmed Monday when the Ibrahim Foundation’s prize committee refused for the second year running and the fourth time in seven years to find any recently retired African head of state or head of government from any of Africa’s 55 countries worthy of receiving the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership (worth $5-million over ten years, plus another $200,000 a year for life).