The African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) honored former Nigerian President Oluwasegun Aremu Mathew Okikiola Obasanjo GCFR with the Afrimma Leadership in Africa Award 2017 at the 4th edition of the biggest African music awards in Diaspora. Held at the House of Blues , Dallas,Texas it was a colorful celebration of African music on the world stage.
Some of the star African performers who dazzled on stage on the 8th of October , 2017 include Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania , Tiwa Savage – Nigeria , Victoria Kimani – Kenya , Fally Ipupa – Congo , C4 Pedro – Angola , Falz – Nigeria , Tzy Panshak – Cameroon , Ray Vanny – Tanzania , Emma Nyra – Nigeria , Stylze – Jamaica
Afrimma Leadership in Africa Award is dedicated to true African greats who have served with distinction in various leadership capacities in Africa and internationally. President Obasanjo it would be recalled is the first Nigerian to serve as Military Head of State as well as Civillian President.
Some of his major achievements and accomplishments include being the first Military Head of State to successfully hand over power to an elected civillian President and also played a crucial role in wrestling back power from the Military in 1999 culminating in him being elected President.
President Obasanjo is also a designated UN envoy who has overseen various democratic elections across the continent. He is particularly renowned for his activities in the peace process of West African countries Liberia and Sierra Leone. He famously resolved along with President Biya of Cameroon the protracted Bakassi Peninsula issue by signing the ‘Greentree Agreement’.
The amiable leader established the Presidential Library which is one of the biggest educational tourism institutions in Africa . It would be recalled also that it was during his tenure as President that GSM mobile technology was introduced to Nigeria while counterparts Benin, Togo and Ghana were all already on the GSM technology.