Nigeria: Abuja - ANC stalwart and struggle veteran Dr Mathews Phosa was presented with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Leadership on saturday night at the African Achiever Awards (AAA) in Abuja, Nigeria.
This was in recognition of his exemplary leadership in politics and excellence in business.
He is the third South African to be honoured by the AAA.
Previous recipients were Emeritus Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, and the Chairperson of African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The AAA, which are Africa's version of the Nobel Prize, have honoured African heads of state for leadership: former Malawian President Joyce Banda, Ghana's late President Professor Atta Mills, and the current President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete.
The highlight of the evening was a second award for Phosa - a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in the apartheid struggle, in helping to establish democracy and for his selflessness.
Phosa dedicated the Lifetime Achievement Award to the memory of Nelson Mandela, and challenged all Africans to live Madiba's legacy.
IOL, adapted from a press release