What if they gave a five million dollar prize and nobody came?
In a sad commentary on the state of affairs in the world’s second largest continent, the committee in charge of awarding the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership announced they couldn’t find anyone worthy of this year’s prize.
The winner of the award receives $5 million over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life thereafter.
You just have to wire $10,000 as a good faith deposit to an account in Nigeria to receive your prize.
The Ibrahim Prize is actually legit and this year’s committee was headed by none other than former U.N. Chief Kofi Annan with help from Nobel peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari of Finland and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
The committee gave no explanation as to why it could not reach a decision on a winner.
The prize is supposed to be awarded to “a democratically elected former African head of state or government who has left office in the past three years.” Which pretty much answers the question as to why there was a short list of available candidates.
In similar news, the award for Most Reasonable Member of the Taliban has gone unclaimed for a record 357th straight year.
“Seriously, Rafiki? Do you think I have a shot to win?!”
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