The mayor of Accra, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has won the inaugural José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards. Dr. Vanderpuije won in the large cities category, ahead of Cape Town and Darkar. Accra, the winning city will receive $200,000 for some specific initiatives.
The awards were announced Thursday, May 30, on the sidelines of the 2nd Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum held from 29-30 March 2015 in Luanda, Angola. Other winners are Praia in Cape Verde (small city), and Kinondoni in Tanzania (medium city).
Dr Vanderpuije and the other winners were awarded at a formal presentation ceremony and a Gala dinner hosted by Angola’s Minister of State and Chief of Civil House in the office of the President, Hon Edeltrudes Maurício Fernandes Gaspar da Costa and attended by over 350 guests comprising government officials, city leaders, African mayors, investors and business leaders.
Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG), Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, said in the ceremony that “The José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards aim to raise the profile of Africa’s Mayors by honoring those who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities and developed a vision for urban living, working and travelling across Africa”.
The José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards is the initiative of the UCLG Africa.