The Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) Lt. General Yakuba A. Drammeh has been shortlisted for the for Africa Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2022 Award. The Gambia’s Army chief was shortlisted alongside 2 other security chiefs, namely Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius and head of Defence; and General Jean Bosco Kazura, Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force.
They were shortlisted by the African Leadership Organisation for the 11th edition of the Africa Leadership Magazine and the award ceremony is scheduled to hold on February 16th, 2023 in Port Louis, Mauritius.
Their nomination is open to defence and security heads across the continent, with visible strides in protecting lives and property in their countries and the larger society. “Nominees are also expected to subscribe to high standards of personal accountability in pursuing their vision,“ the organisers said.
The unveiling ceremony was chaired by the African Leadership Organisation’s founder and Chairman, Dr. Ken Giami, alongside other members of the board and senior executives of the organization. In his remarks, the Chairman stated that, “Africa has traditionally been the cradle of great leadership; from Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Steve Biko, to Julius Nyerere, the continent’s contribution to leadership philosophy remains indelible. However, a new leadership paradigm is evolving in the continent – they are the new Changemakers.” Continuing, the chairman, added that, “our nominees are Changemakers, who have chosen to push through with their vision to build and bequeath an Africa that works for all to the next generation.”
“Our nominees see progress, where others see retrogression; they see possibilities in the midst of challenges. They are on a mission and are eager to lead Africa to the promise land,” he said.
“The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Awards is Africa’s premier vote-based endorsement, reserved annually for the leading Africans who are contributing towards promoting the continent’s progress, and positively altering Africa’s perceived negative image. The annual event has also become a platform for honouring people-centred leadership and Africans that are pursuing a pan-African agenda in their chosen fields of endeavour. This year’s event will provide a platform to celebrate the continent’s merchants of hope, ready to lead an army of change agents and reformers, to build an Africa that works for everyone.
All winners of the 2022 awards shall be presented with an award trophy and formally decorated with the instruments of honour at the 11th African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award Ceremonies, scheduled to hold on February 16th, 2023 in Port Louis, Mauritius. The magazine, therefore, invites you to visit its website (www.africanleadershipmagazine.co.uk) to vote for your choice of nominee in different categories for this prestigious award, as voting closes on Friday, December 2nd, 2022, at midnight Central African Time,“ the organisers announced.