Time magazine has voted President Joyce Banda as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, from artists, to leaders to pioneers titans and icons.
Endorsing President Banda Joyce Bana, for the feat, Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf said: ”Malawi’s first and Africa’s second female President, could not have come onto the stage at a better time, particularly since the African Union declared 2010 to 2020 African Women’s Decade.
“Together, she and I can talk about the situation in Africa and what can be done by all our countries, working together in strong partnership, to build bridges and democracies and get our institutions and economies strong again.”
The Liberian leader added:”President Banda possesses the traits needed during this period of great challenges in Malawi’s, and Africa’s, history. Before her active career in politics, Joyce Banda established several nongovernmental and charitable foundations, all geared toward improving the lives of her compatriots, particularly women. Today, Joyce and I have a collaborative program that focuses on improving the working conditions of market women. There have already been exchange visits between market women of our two countries.
”President Banda is committed to using her position to improve the lives of women across the continent, not just in Malawi. She has great strength. I am delighted that I’m not alone in Africa anymore,” she said.
The recognition by Time magazine adds to a long list of accolades that President Banda has been honoured with over the years for her works towards improving the lives of Malawians.
The Time Magazine list includes the godfather of hip hop Jay-Z, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Indian movie star Aamir Khan, Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist Malala Yousafzai and Chinese tennis star Li Na.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :