African Development Bank (AfDB) president, Former Min. of Agriculture Mr Akinwumi Adesina emerged the 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate alongside Waris Dirie, a global champion against Female Genital Mutilation, the organisers announced in Seoul, South Korea yesterday.
Adesina shared the prestigious US $1million dollar prize with Dirie, said he is donating his $500,000 share of award to fight hunger in Africa.
He pledged to achieve more to advance Africa’s fight against hunger, poverty and youth underemployment.
Waris Dirie, has played a leading role in drawling global attention to the fight and against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and the need for legislation to ban the practice.
In her remarks, Dirie said, “Female Genital Mutilation scars victims physically, emotionally, and mentally.”
The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is carried out on young girls between infancy and the age 15.
Adesina who believes a peaceful world will be a food secure world, pointed out that only 1% of the world’s richest own 50% of global wealth.
“Nothing is more important than ensuring that we feed the world and eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Hunger is an indictment on the human race.
“Any economy that claims growth without feeding its people is a failed economy. Nobody has to go hungry, white, black, pink, orange or any colour you can think.