African activists share prestigious Sunhak Peace Prize


A Somali-born activist and supermodel who led the fight against the practice of female genital mutilation and a Nigerian physician who has taken on Africa’s food crisis through his work supporting small farmers will share this year’s third Sunhak Peace Prize and its $1 million award.

Waris Dirie, the daughter of Somalia nomads who became a fashion model, actress and the first U.N. special ambassador for the elimination of female genital mutilation, was cited for her work in publicizing the problem and improving the lives of hundreds of millions of African girls.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, 58, was honored for a three-decade career focused on agricultural innovation and food security in Africa, as a researcher, economist and as president of the African Development Bank since September 2015. He was…

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