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Mama Ngina Kenyatta African Award
Mama Ngina Kenyatta African Award

Mama Ngina Kenyatta receives top award

Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta received her 2019 Macky Sall Prize for Dialogue in Africa.

She was presented with the prize on Sunday by the Defence CS Monica Juma. 

Due to Covid-19 protocols, Mama Ngina did not travel to Senegal to receive the prize awarded in December 2020. 

The prize was unveiled at the Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal by President Macky Sall. The CS had received it on behalf of Mama Ngina. 

The prize is usually awarded on an annual basis to recognize personalities who use dialogue to avert conflict in Africa. 

It is named after Senegalese President Macky Sall who is a celebrated African mediator.

Mama Ngina was awarded for continuously and quietly using dialogue to diffuse tension in the country and the region over the years especially for her leading role in ending the political tension that followed Kenya’s 2017 general election.

“I didn’t know that there are people who know where we’ve come from as a country and how they settled on me as the recipient of the award. I am grateful,” Mama Ngina said. 

The award ceremony was attended by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, and Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau.

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