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UDP Chair Wins American Biographical Institute Award 

By Chris Mbunwe

El Hadj Lawan Bako, National Chairman of the United Democratic Party, UDP, has won the American Biographical Institute, ABI, Man of the Year 2011 Distinction Award.

In a letter dated February 18, 2011, announcing the award to El Hadj Lawan Bako, ABI President, J. M Evans, said the Institute’s International Board of Research decided on Bako’s nomination due to its global efforts of research on accomplished individuals. President Evans said ABI has done this with over 44 years of experience in collecting and publishing over one million biographies. 

“Many times the Board comes across an interesting and distinguished person through correspondence with universities, businesses, publications, and organisations around the world.  It was a difficult decision to determine who would be among our Man of the Year for 2011, especially as we have received thousands of noteworthy achievements within so many different professions.

You are our choice for this Award for which I extend congratulations,” President Evans wrote.Talking to The Post in Bamenda, the visibly elated Bako said he has published more than seven articles in international journals and magazines.  These include “The Political Evolution in Africa and Multipartism”, “In Search of a Pilot, the Leadership”.    

Apart from these publications, Bako said through the UDP family Support Programme, they outlined the way forward in politics of economic development and poverty alleviation, which his party started many years ago in giving out assistance to rural masses comprising medical assistance, promoting sports and donation of farm inputs to rural farmers.

He expressed gratitude to the American Biographical Institute for the award, saying that in one of the articles he published in “Political Evolution in Africa,” he highlighted the need of losers in elections to support the winners so as to give peace and development a chance. This attitude also gives the winner to manage state affairs peacefully for the benefit of all. 

“In advanced democracies like in the US, intensive political debate comes in only during an electoral year. When a candidate doesn’t win, you hardly hear about him until the next political consultation, which means every person goes back to work until the term of office of those who won expires.  But in Africa, it is a different political game, reasons why Africa’s economy remains stagnant,” Bako said.

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