6 Notable Africans that Were Awarded The Noble Peace Prize
Though often shadowed by the rest of the world, Africa has seen a lot of progression since the early days of its colonial era.
A few Africans have increasingly been recognized globally for their amazing work in nationalism, pushing the pan-Africa movement into what it is today.
Today, let’s look at some of the Africans whose efforts and actions have earned a Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel, along with the prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature.
Currently, there are 25 Africans who have earned this prestigious award.
The most popular of these categories are Physics, literature, and peace due to popular faces with ground-breaking inventions earning them.
What makes recipients of this Noble Peace Prize Award so respected?
Each recipient of the Nobel Award (known as a “laureate”) would receive a gold medal, a diploma, and a monetary award. This monetary award sums up to 10,000,000 SEK, or US$1,145,000, or €968,000, or £880,000.
Let’s have a look at 6 of these laureates who have earned a noble peace prize!
List of the Top 6 Africans that have won the Noble Peace Prize
6. Wangari Maathai (Kenya)
Wangari Maathai is most notably the first black African woman to be honoured with a Nobel Peace Prize. She was awarded this prize in 2004.
She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement which had offered a massive contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.
Her efforts were recognized by the Nobel committee for her actions in standing up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya.
Maathai played a major role in drawing attention to political oppression; which involved nationally and internationally.
While all Africans that were awarded the noble peace prize all played an important role, this makes up our list for the top 7.
Is there any that you think should be involved in the top 7? Be sure to mention it down in the comments below!
5. Kofi Annan (Ghana)
Sixth on our list is Kofi Annan!
Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian who worked as the UN Secretary from January 1997 to December 2006.
Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2001 when he was the UN Secretary.
He earned the award for his immense joint efforts with the United Nations for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world. Kofi Annan was born in Ghana in 1938.
He served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.
The Nobel Committee also recognized his commitment to the struggle to contain the spreading of HIV in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism.
4. Nelson Mandela (South Africa)
Nelson Mandela is non-arguably one of the most popular freedom fighters in Africa!
Mandela is well recognized for his immense efforts in pushing forward for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa
Nelson Mandela was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 jointly with the then President Frederik Willem de Klerk.
He later became South Africa’s democratically elected president in 1994. He held the presidential office until 1999 when he retired.
Nelson Mandela is a man whose devotion to the freedom of his people inspires human rights advocates throughout the world.
3. Desmond Tutu (South Africa)
Third on our list is Retired Anglican Bishop, Desmond Tutu!
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his actions and efforts in resolving and ending apartheid in South Africa.
===Apartheid, (Afrikaans: “apartness”) policy that governed relations between South Africa’s white minority and nonwhite majority and sanctioned racial segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-whites. ====
Desmond Tutu is popularly known as a world-renowned preacher, human rights activist, and a strident voice against apartheid.
He was personally recognized by the Nobel Committee for his clear views and his fearless stance, as he fought for the black people of South Africa.
Tutu is also known as the voice of voiceless Black South Africans, and his efforts on raising awareness to issues such as AIDS, nationwide poverty, and non-democratic governments in the third world.
He was also the first Black Anglican Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.
He has also focused on drawing awareness to issues such as poverty, AIDS, and non-democratic governments in the Third World.
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2. Anwar al-Sadat (Egypt)
Anwar al-Sadat President of Egypt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 for his contribution to the two-frame agreements on peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel.
Anwar al-Sadat is also known for his commendable work in transforming the political and economic landscape of Egypt.
Anwar al-Sadat died in 1981.
1. Albert Luthuli (South Africa)
Last on our list is the First person in Africa to be given this prestigious award, Albert Luthuli!
Albert Luthuli was awarded the significant award in 1960 for his role in supporting non-violent resistance to racial discrimination in South Africa.
He was described by the Nobel Committee as ‘A man of noble bearing, charitable, intolerant of hatred, and adamant in his demands for equality and peace among all men.”
Luthuli was publicly known as the spokesman that rallied for civil disobedience directed against South Africa’s policy of racial segregation and spearheaded several demonstrations against the white minority government.
During his acceptance speech, Luthuli noted that the award was a recognition of the sacrifice made by many of all races, particularly the African people, who had endured and suffered for a long time.
Luthuli died at the age of 69, in 1967.