12 Things You Didn’t Know About Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba

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Written by Keren Mikva

Hifikepunye Pohamba, Namibia’s outgoing president, just won the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The world’s most lucrative award, it comes with a hefty prize of $5 million USD from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, has only been awarded five times in the past eight years. It has strict requirements for its recipients. The prize goes to an African leader who has been democratically elected, governed fairly and successfully, and left office in accordance with designated term limits – no small feat in African governments. Pohamba, who will leave Namibia’s highest office this month, has managed all that.

Former recipients of the prize include Cape Verde’s Pedro Pires (2011), Botswana’s Festus Mogae (2008), and Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano (2007). South African President Nelson Mandela received an honorary award.

Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Hifikepunye Pohamba, Namibia’s outgoing president.

Sources: Independent.co.uk, BBC.com, Forbes.com, Britannica.com, Gov.na