Oby Ezekwesili was shortlisted for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Nigeria’s Bring Back Our Girls Convener and Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, made the list for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize by the Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO.

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Also on the list were Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad & Tarana Burke for the World Food Programme); SOS Méditerranée, Doctors Without Borders & International Rescue Committee and Reporters Without Borders).

PRIO director, Henrik Urdal describe Oby Ezekwesili as;

“A former Minister of Education in Nigeria and Vice President for Africa in the World Bank and one of the founders of Transparency International, has been an international champion in the fight against corruption. Ezekwesili was also the Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), leading the first-ever national implementation of the global EITI standards.”

“Even though transparency and anti-corruption champions have not traditionally been considered as obvious candidates for the Peace Prize… A Nobel Peace Prize to the field of anti-corruption and transparency would be a welcome boost now that key actors such as the U.S. have abandoned the EITI by the wayside.”

However Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dr Denis Mukwege and rape victim, Nadia Murad were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

The announcement was made at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Sweden on Friday. The details of the ceremony was shared on the Twitter handle of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, @NobelPrize. The Academy tweeted;

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

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