Dlamini-Zuma honoured at African Achievers Awards

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FILE image of Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as seen at a news conference at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia at the weekend, July 2012.

JOHANNESBURG – AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was honoured at the African Achievers Awards, the SABC reported on Sunday.

The awards were held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Dlamini-Zuma was given the Excellence in Leadership award in the female category.

The awards drew participants from over 36 African countries.

AU director, Litha Musyimi-Ogana, received the award on Dlamini-Zuma&39;s behalf.

Ogana told the gathering: "Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma campaigned and won as the chairperson of the African Union Commission…(she was the first woman to do so) in 50 years.

"She campaigned twice and eventually she won. I think she is one woman who goes on record for having (been) chosen by heads of states to lead the African Union Commission. She is formidable and… I can only say that this award has gone to the right person."

President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete was given the male Excellence in Leadership award.

Other awards categories presented at the ceremony included the Peacekeeping in Africa, Excellence in Literature and African Woman of the Year awards.