President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana was on Saturday, January 11th chosen as the #AfricanLeaderoftheYear 2019 by the pan-African media outfit, The Difference Newspaper.
President Addo emerged after a keen contest that saw Abdalla Hamdok of Sudan and Paul Kagame of Rwanda emerge as first and second runners up respectively.
The previous winners were President John Magufuli of Tanzania (2017) and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia (2018). According to a statement by the Executive Editor of The Difference newspaper, Mr Tony Opara, the core criteria for winning the Award are demonstrated commitment to development, democracy and freedom, African Integration and commitment to the promotion and protection of media rights and institutions building.
The Award to be presented to the winner at a later date.