Baleka Mbete has brought South Africa to light. It is said that nothing great has ever being achieved without a drive of hard work. In other words, the attainment of greatness greatly depends on hardwork, courage and some sense of excellence. Napoleon Hill once said “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”
Bakela Mbete’s hardwork has paid off and this time, she has been recognized beyond South Africa. Reports say that the veteran politician has been elected as the 2016 awarded of King Legal Award for International Service.
Mbete, who is South Africa’s National Assembly speaker will on Sunday receive the noble Martin Luther King Legacy Award for International Service. The seasoned politician will join other respected individuals, who would also be honoured with the prestigious award. Bakela Mbete is expected to be in Washintong DC on Sunday January 17th for the international award.
Meanwhile, the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has identified with Mbete’s feat. The (ANCWL) is the women wing of the ruling party. They also extolled her landmark achievements as the speaker of South Africa’s National Assembly.
“This prestigious award signifies her great leadership on various leadership roles in South Africa and beyond,” the African National Congress Women’s League said in a statement on Friday.
“We are indeed grateful to the international community for recognizing and affirming women leadership with an award of this magnitude. This is indeed a befitting honor to Comrade Baleka as a leader of great stature.”
It is paramount to note that the Martin Luther King Legacy Award prize was named after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Movement. The Award seeks to recognize individuals and leaders who have made prominent and notable contributions to the global community in the areas of human rights, race relations and justice.
Baleka Mbete is the national chairperson of The African National Congress (ANC). A position she previously occupied in 2007 and was re-elected in 2012. It would be recalled that on 21st May 2014, Mbete was elected the speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. Before then, she was the National Assembly speaker from 2004-2008. Baleka Mbete also served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2008-2009.
Mbete, who is the most senior women leader in ANC would be remembered in South Africa for campaigning for women to resist the erosion of the achievements of women activism such as gender equality and women empowerment. She made this known during the ANC Women’s League’s National Policy Conference. Mbete also exhorted the women to jealously guard the gains they have made in the fight for women empowerment.
Significantly, the Award is presented annually at the King Martin Luther’s Birthday Celebration. This year, the International King Legal Award marks the twenty-five year anniversary of the International Salute of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Some Previous winners include: Daniel Soto Mayorga (2011), John Whirekhart (2012), Dr. Catherine Roma (2013), Craig Brenner (2014) and Igho Sanomi ( 2015).