One of Gambia’s leading political and social commentators, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, has been awarded at the fourth edition of the Pan African Humanitarian Summit 2018, held in Morocco from November 16th to 17th 2018.
The controversial commentator who have often been found in disagreement with the state over issues has been awarded under the category “Pan-African Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Social Leadership and Community Impact”.
According to the organizers, this category “is for the bravest and most daring, as well as the most strategically sound and forward-looking personality with measurable achievement in championing progressive socio-economic development in Africa”.
“The conferment is based on your outstanding leadership qualities, exceptional contribution and persistent efforts to Africa’s development through several bold policies and innovative initiatives geared towards building a prosperous, sustainable, regionally integrated and globally competitive Gambia and by extension Africa,” said the organizers.
The Pan-African Humanitarian Awards is an annual event conceived to identify pertinent issues in Africa with a view to providing a holistic and multi-dimensional approach to sustainable peace and development in Africa.
Dr Ceesay also served as a guest speaker at the event which was organized by Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (PALEDEC) in partnership with the International Centre for Diplomacy.
In 2015, African leaders adopted Agenda 2063 as the continent’s new long-term vision and strategic framework formulated for the purpose of guiding Africa’s socio-economic transformation. This agenda was the basis upon which the award was established.
Dr Ceesay spoke under the theme ‘Africa, My Home: an inclusive participation for Africa’s development”.
PALEDEC has consistently organized the summit once a year since 2015 in one of the world’s capitals including Accra, Dubai and Dar-essalam with over 1,800 participants and 71 awardees to include former Heads of State, Royalty, Celebrities as well as Business Leaders from 31 African countries.