Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

2017 Laureate

Citation & Achievements

The Prize Committee found that, confronted with unprecedented and renewed challenges, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf demonstrated exceptional and transformative leadership.

She took over a country that was devastated and broken by 14 years of civil war, and was later struck again by the Ebola crisis.

Throughout her time in office, she staunchly maintained her priorities and her determination to succeed on behalf of the people of Liberia.

Over the last decade, Liberia was the only country, out of 54, to improve in every category and sub-category of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow.

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As the first woman to receive the award, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa will be inspired to reach for their true potential, to navigate the challenges, break through barriers, and to pursue their dreams.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Life after National Office

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stepped down at the end of her two terms in office. In February 2018, it was announced that she was awarded the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

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