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Inaugural ‘African Mayor Awards’ recognizes Accra, Kinondoni, Praia

Winners of the first African Mayors Awards, from left to right: José Ulisses Silva, Mayor of Praia, Cape Verde, Sarah Kyessi, representative of Kinondoni, Tanzania and Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra, Ghana. (African Mayor Awards)

Accra, Ghana; Kinondoni, Tanzania; and Praia, Cape Verde took the top prizes at the inaugural African Mayor Awards. The first-ever José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards were bestowed in Luanda, Angola, according to United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG–A), a competition sponsor.

The awards recognize “leadership and contribution made by mayors of large, medium and small cities,” UCLG-A says. The honors also “celebrate achievements and excellence in urban development in Africa,” the group adds.

Praia Mayor José Ulisses Silva, Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije and Sarah Kyessi, representative of Kinondini city, accepted the honors. Cape Verde is an archipelago west of Senegal.

The three cities were awarded cash prizes totaling $350,000 to implement various urban initiatives. Praia, winner of the small city category, received $50,000. Kinondoni, the top-ranked medium-sized city, took home $100.000. Accra, the large city winner, was given $200,000.

The award ceremony was among the highlights of the 2nd Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum. The conference took place in Luanda in late March. 

Source: 
United Cities and Local Governments-Africa

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