Ghana’s former President, the late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, has again been honoured posthumously for his excellence in leadership and selfless devotion to service, qualities that benefited both Ghana and Africa.
Last September, The Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the world’s largest and most experienced higher education and training organizations, posthumously honoured the late President for being a truly exceptional leader.
In Nairobi, Kenya, over the weekend, the “Lifetime Africa Achievement Award”, which recognizes excellence in Democratic Governance and Development in Africa, was conferred on the late Prof. Mills at a ceremony attended by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and other high profile Africans.
President Mills’ efforts at ensuring national cohesion and stability in Ghana earned him the prestigious Prize.
Former First Lady Dr. (Mrs.) Ernestina Naadu Mills received the award on behalf of her late husband.
While receiving the award, she reminded those assembled of the values and principles the late President eschewed while alive and indicated that the continent of Africa can only take its rightful place in the global economy when peace is seen as a pre-requisite for meaningful development.
Dr. Mills said that “the success story of Ghana’s elections on December 7 was possible because President Mills represented peace, a virtue he left behind for the people of Ghana,” adding that “he lived his life serving his people, he treated every small job as a big job and every big job as a small job”.
The former First Lady and her delegation are expected back home in Accra on Monday.