The African Sun Times, Africa’s top and biggest newspaper in America, has made public its Persons-of-the-Year, and also the Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year. The newspaper categorised this year’s award to include International Person of the Year, African Statesman of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year, Pan-African Person of the Year, Diaspora Person of the Year, Most Influential Person of the Year Under 40, and African Tourism Ambassador of the Year. Dr. Jakaya Kikwete was bestowed with African Statesman of the year 2015 award.
Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, was the fourth President of United Republic Tanzania, who stayed in office from 2005 to 2015. Before becoming the president, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his predecessor, Benjamin Mkapa. He also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008–2009 and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012–2013.
President Kikwete served his country for 10 years of two terms and played a huge role in the election of his successor President John Magufuli, and as a result of that, kept alive the tradition of democratic governance in Tanzania, strikingly different from some of the neighboring countries where Presidents have repudiated or nullified the constitution to achieve their political ambitions.
The former President of Tanzania has been bestowed with multiple honors for excellence and a good deal of honorary doctorates by innumerable universities. The continent of Africa as a whole would continue to need him for the peace negotiations he reached not only during his leadership as the president, but as well as when he was Tanzania’s foreign minister for 10 years.
Other individuals named include in the Sun Times Persons of the year and the Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year include:
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the international person of the year by Sun Times for shocking the entire world when he called current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari without any delay to congratulate him and welcomed his defeat in the March 29 Nigerian presidential election, thereby averting predictions of violent bloodshed in Nigeria.
Ms. Linda Ikeji
Linda Ikeji is a Nigerian entreprenuer and the founder of the lindaikeji.blogspot.com. Ms. Ikeji is named the most influential person of the year 2015 under 40 for achieving great fame and influence through her blogging read by millions of people around the world who get news about what is happening in Nigeria from their various countries of abode through her blog. She has also inspired millions of Nigerians of all genders.
Mr. Ikechi Uko
The founder of the world famous Akwaaba Expo held every year in Nigeria, Mr Ikechi Uko is awarded Tourism Ambassador of the year 2015 as his travel event is dramatically gaining international recognition.
Dr. Ron Daniels
President of the Institute of the Black World and the Pan-African Unity Dialogue is the Pan-African person of the year 2015 for achieving success by bringing all the groups together, whether you are African, African-American, Caribbean or Latino American, making everybody comfortable and welcome to participate in the organization even in the face of numerous fragmentation within the Pan-African Diaspora movement in the Diaspora.
Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett
The founder and President of the African Union Diaspora African Forum (AU/DAF), Dr. Erieka is the Sun Times’ diaspora person of the year 2015 for sacrificing her comfortable home in the United States to move to Ghana in a bid to create a symbiotic relationship between Africa and the Diaspora.