The Mo Ibrahim Foundation wishes to express its great sadness upon the passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said:
Nelson Mandela, the man who inspired our work to fight for better leadership, the father of African good governance, has died. Today we are orphans. The way to honour his life is to double our efforts to secure development, democracy, justice and dignity across Africa. Our mission must be to complete his work. Madiba somehow embodied the tenacity of the fighter with an overwhelming humanity and humility. We have much to learn from his example. Our condolences to his family, comrades, the South African Nation, but above all to Africa and Africans. Today we are all orphans.
For his outstanding contribution to governance and leadership in Africa, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation made Nelson Mandela an honorary laureate of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007. His legacy continues through the work of three Foundations he created: The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.