The president of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has emerged the 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate alongside Waris Dirie, a global champion against Female Genital Mutilation, the organisers announced in Seoul, South Korea yesterday.
Adesina, who shared the prestigious US $1million dollar prize with Dirie, said he is donating his $500,000 share of award to fight hunger in Africa.
He pledged to do more to advance Africa’s fight against hunger, poverty and youth underemployment.
“We are in a race with time to unlock the full potential of Africa,” he declared.
Adesina said: “My life is only useful to the extent that it helps to lift millions of people out of poverty.”
“There is tremendous suffering going on in the world. While progress is being made, we are not winning the war on global hunger.
“There cannot be peace in a world that is hungry. Hunger persists in regions and places going through conflicts, wars and fragility. Those who suffer the most are women and children,” Adesina said during the award ceremony.
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