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Pres. Koroma Nominated TIME 100 most influential person on Earth

erPresident Ernest Bai Koroma will appear on the 2013 edition of the TIME MAGAZINE as one of its 100 most influential persons in the world.
The April 2013 edition of the TIME will mark the publication’s 10th anniversary, and President Koroma becomes the first Sierra Leonean President to attain such an international recognition as TIME’s 100 most influential persons on earth.
According to commentators, this feat by the President is sure to brighten the dark perceptions of many people around the world about the state of being of Sierra Leone as a country in war and of blood diamonds.
“This will be a clear indication that the country is moving forward away from its past and that it is ready to do business with the peoples of the world. The acceptance of the country’s President among the world’s 100 most influential persons is a quantum leap from what was seen as a failed state to one that is transforming immensely for the benefit of her people,” one political commentator alluded in confidence.
The TIME Magazine had asked four of its 100 alums to each nominate their top choices for 2013.
The President was nominated by an outstanding Sierra Leonean, Professor Monty Jones, who himself is a 2007 alumnus of the elite group.
In his nomination citation, Professor Jones wrote:
“I nominate Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone. It takes tremendous influence to steer the transformation of a country emerging from an extremely brutal conflict, into a model of democracy and economic growth. Koroma has rallied his people and his nation’s external partners behind a vision to turn around his country, which just over a decade ago was seen as a failed state. In November’s elections, he comfortably secured a second mandate to continue his fight against corruption and build on his success in promoting peace, democracy and transparency. He is one of the African leaders to watch this decade.”
In his acknowledgement, the Editor of Time, expressed thanks to Professor Jones and informed him that he has decided to use the nomination for publication.
Professor Monty Jones is also Sierra Leone’s Ambassador-at-large and Special Adviser to the President of Sierra Leone.

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