A vibrant Ghanaian man , Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar has been named African of the year for his outstanding efforts in steering would-be extremists away from conflict.
The 35-year old conventry university graduate decided to put his acquired knowledge from the afore mentioned institution into good use after graduating with a masters degree in terrorism, international crime and Global security.
35 year old Muqthar who had since nursed the desire to be the wind of change after his family fell victim to conflict in Northern Ghana founded the West African Center for Counter Extremism (WACCE) in 2013 after his graduation.
The organization which is aimed at broadening the knowledge of the adverse effects of violent extremism and radicalisation as well as supporting affected victims have been able to steer more than 20 individuals from the lure of radicalisation, including a 21 year old man who was hours away from arriving at Syria to join the ISIS.
In recognition of his positive impacts, Muqthar was elected as a Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders in 2016.
Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana and chairman of the award jury commended Muqthar on his efforts, stating that his extraordinary advocacy will help deepen the understanding of violent extremism of youths in Africa.
Muqthar is to receive his award in recognition of his exemplary services towards the improvement of the society on the 17th of January in Abuja, Nigeria.
Well Done Mutaru Mumuni! We Celebrate You!