MONROVIA: Former Liberian President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today, November 17, 2023, address in Kigali, Rwanda, the inaugural program of TIME100 Summit Impact Awards and Gala in Africa. The former Liberian President has been invited to Kigali to take part in the Summit and Gala in Africa activities by the Editor-In-Chief of TIME, Mr. Sam Jacobs.
In a letter addressed to Madam Sirleaf, a copy of which is in possession of The Analyst, Mr. Jacobs told the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate that the summit has spotlighted individuals who have done extraordinary work to shape the future of their industries and improve the world.
“We will be honored for you to attend and celebrate for your extraordinary impact, especially as the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa. You have paved the way on so many important issues and we can’t imagine having this event without you,” Mr. Jacobs informed Madam Sirleaf in the invitation letter dated August 30, 2023.
At the TIME special gala ceremony, the institution will recognize a handful of humanitarians who are helping to create a better future. “As part of this recognition, you will be asked to give a brief 2-minute acceptance speech that will focus on someone (or something) that inspires you or gives you hope for the future,” the invitation said.
The former Liberian leader was informed that in the past, TIME Impact Award honorees include filmmaker Steven Spielberg, as well as actor and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador Idris Elba. Others are legendary humanitarian Gaca Machel, singer and environmentalist Ellie Goulding, architect David Adjaye, actor and mental health advocate Deepika Padukone, filmmaker Jeffery Katzeberg, and philanthropist Tony Elumelu.
Mr. Jacobs also informed Madam Sirleaf that each award would be accompanied by a short profile piece detailing the honoree’s impact and accomplishment on TIME .com.
“Earlier that day, we will also be hosting a TIME 100 Summit, and we would love you to also join us as one of the featured speakers on stage for a live interview.” He explained that the Inaugural TIME 100 Summit Africa will feature speakers from the global and regional time community, discussing essential solutions to urgent global problems and ways we can all take action to build a better future.
According to the protocol, a “Legacy Leadership Fireside Conversation” is scheduled with Madam Sirleaf as Africa’s first woman elected head of state at 10: 25-10:40 AM, an event which will be moderated by Aryn Bakar Senior TIME’s International Correspondent.
By 10:40 -11:10, another session styled “From Barriers of Breakthrough” will be convened. This session will highlight numerous initiatives to promote women’s political, and social equality and inclusion on the continent, including addressing the question of what measures can be taken to further advance women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in Africa, especially for the next generation.
Key speakers at that session which will again be moderated by TIME’s Senior International Correspondent Aryn Baaaaker will include actress, playwright and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Danai Gurira; Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President, Republic of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; and Sindy Zemura-Bernard, Founder and CEO, Southern Africa Embrace Foundation.
The session will address among other key points, “Empowering Future Generations: the importance of mentorship and role models for African women to overcome traditional gender roles and address specific challenges faced by rural women”.
Other topics to be addressed are the “Inclusive Advocacy for Gender Equality: The need for collective efforts bin advancing human rights, highlighting the societal benefits and why everyone should be vested in gender advocacy, and “Hope Amid Challenges: Exploring sources of hope and positive change through organized leadership while addressing the injustices faced by women and girls.”
At the end of the Summit, Madam Sirleaf is expected to be decorated with the prestigious TIME 100 Impact Award.