The former African Union (AU) Commission chair, Dr Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, and the most celebrated African woman yet, is expected in Ghana on Tuesday to partake in the BlackGold Lecture Series as part of the Corporate Guardian & BlackGold Order of Merit Awards, 2017.
The event which comes off at the plush Tang Palace Hotel in Accra this Thursday September 14 at 5pm will see her being presented with the 2017 BLACKGOLD Order of Merit Award for her progressive contributions towards Africa’s development while heading the continental body from 2012 to January 2017.
The awards, cast in the mode of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, annually recognises and honours a key African personality whose leadership and sterling contributions have advanced the cause of good governance and democracy on the African continent.
The Corporate Guardian Limited has put this event together in conjunction with the Pan African Business Forum, an association of like-minded entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, professionals, diplomats and academics headquartered in South Africa.
The association whose membership is drawn from around the continent and the diaspora seeks to promote and support Africa’s political and economic renaissance within a framework of trans-continental cooperation and integration.
According to the organizers, rigorous efforts and considerations are put into the selection of the singular personality that is deserving of the BLACKGOLD Order of Merit Award every year.
Dr Dlamini Zuma, who is the main speaker of the night and a front runner for the African National Congress (ANC) presidential race in South Africa in December this year, will deliver a lecture on the topic “The key role of good governance towards Africa’s renaissance.”
She will also be presented with the 2017 BLACKGOLD Order of Merit Award for her progressive contributions towards Africa’s development while heading the continental body from 2012 to January 2017.
The award also takes into consideration the significant contributions the trained medical practitioner has made to liberate her country from the claws of apartheid and her unmatched public service record in post-apartheid South Africa.
She made history as the first female to head the AU Commission by beating Gabon’s top diplomat Jean Ping in a keenly contested election in 2012.
Before heading the continental body, Dr Dlamini Zuma served under former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki as health and foreign minister respectively and held her last public service portfolio as home affairs minister under President Jacob Zuma.
Expectations are rife in South Africa, the continent and the world at large that she is most likely to lead the ANC into the 2019 elections and eventually become the first female president of the rainbow nation.
Former president John Agyekum Kufour will be the Guest of Honour of the BlackGold Lecture Series which will be chaired by the Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II.
Other distinguished personalities from the academia, media, and politics among others are expected to grace the event which promises to be a night of assemblage of Africa’s crème de la crème.