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